Urban Grove Project

The Fremont Bridge is a steel tied-arch bridge spanning the Willamette River located in Portland, Oregon. It carries Interstate 405 and US 30 traffic between downtown and North Portland where it intersects with Interstate 5. It has the longest main span of any bridge in Oregon and is the second longest tied-arch bridge in the world.1 The bridge was designed by Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade, and Douglas, and built by Murphy Pacific Corporation.

The bridge has two decks carrying vehicular traffic, each with four lanes. The upper deck is signed westbound on US 30 and southbound on I-405. The lower deck is signed eastbound on US 30 and northbound on I-405.

I felt that the old and peeling stanchions of the Fremont Bridge needed a refresh and proposed that they should be repainted as majestic trees. I enlisted a photographer client to take reference shots and a fine-artist client to paint an image for the proposal.

Platform 

Public art

Toolset

Art direction

References

  • Painter Jason Greene
  • Photographer T.S. Whalen