- Product Design
- Visual Communications
Near the entrance to North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood, a 31 ft tall statue of Paul Bunyan has stood as a district landmark since 1959. Now, a new neighborhood identity installation forms his long-desired backdrop, creating a gateway for this revitalizing district. Inspired by the color and pattern of tree bark, the plasma-cut weathering steel creates a woodsy backdrop for historic Kenton’s iconic lumberjack. Stainless-steel letters recall the clean-lined typography of the Union Stockyards that once operated nearby. The modern geometry and steel fabrication reference Kenton’s industrial past, while establishing an identity that is firmly in the present.
Kenton Gateway Portland, Oregon