Plastic tube art, front yard, SE Belmont St.
Gas meter art decal on side of building just off NE Alberta St.
The whole rest of this wall had been painted over carelessly with white paint, presumably to cover up some large graffiti (and there was fresh large graffiti on that coat of white paint, go figure), but this little maybe foot and a half square had been left alone so that the fake gas meter could remain visible.
It was striking from across the street, where it wasn’t immediately clear that the meter was fake but the lack of depth at that distance was just enough to register as wrong to my brain. Nice little bit of banal surrealism.
Illustrated Portland landmark playing cards, including Union Station GO BY TRAIN sign, Bagdad Theater, Roy Lichtenstein installation at the Portland Art Museum, and Cinema 21, studio/gallery on NE Alberta St.
I had a dream that night that I ran into the person who made these, and he was all “I made these cards” and I told him that I had totally seen those earlier in the day, man. TRUE DULL DREAM STORY.
Straining hummingbird carrying tiny cat with strewn luggage left behind, below hand grasping vine, mural detail with string lights, Grilled Cheese Grill schoolbus, NE Alberta St.
The Grilled Cheese Grill is just plain great. Basic foodcart functionality is there: tasty grilled cheese, nice variety of sandwiches at reasonable prices, prepared reasonably quickly. But then there’s a schoolbus, remodeled inside with schoolbus booth seats around tables on one side and a bar of stools on the other. Heated (nice on a cold rainy day like yesterday), intercom for calling in your order when it’s ready, good music piped in.
All the table surfaces are decorated with photo collages of school portraits from who knows where — the photos span decades, some of them strings of yearly updates of the same kid. Makes for entertaining tablegazing.
But there’s also a fantastic pop-surreal mural across the whole roof of the bus, a sprawling thing full of rambling weirdness and little surprises.