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Art along MAX line in Brooklyn shown at BAC meeting

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Brooklyns new Southeast Uplift representative Ashe Urban, left, and TriMet MAX project spokesperson Jennifer Koozer show some of the artwork planned for the Light Rail corridor down S.E. 17th in Brooklyn. Dinosaur paintings by mural artist Horatio Law will ornament the walls of the pedestrian underpass at S.E. 17th Avenue and Powell - while artist Bill Wills weathered steel boat sculptures will line Brooklyns Light Rail corridor.At the August General Meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, residents learned more about the public art planned for the MAX Light Rail Corridor in the neighborhood.

Weathered steel boat sculptures created by artist Bill Will are going to line the S.E. 17th Avenue corridor, echoing the theme of transportation – inspired by the original name for Brooklyn: Brook Land, after the creek that used to run there.

Handcrafted glass mosaic columns by Lynn Basa will decorate the Rhine Street Station shelters. Along the walls of the Powell Boulevard underpass at 17th, murals designed by Horatio Law from recycled bicycle and skateboard parts will feature dinosaur bones and skeletons – representative of extensive excavation work done during the project.

Jennifer Koozer, TriMet's Community Affairs Reprentative for the Portland Milwaukie MAX Light Rail Project, reported progress on traffic detours and parking in the neighborhood. She announced more light rail nighttime work, and said that the pedestrian underpass at on Powell at 17th should open in September, and the 17th Avenue ramp from northbound 17th to westbound Powell reopened at 6 pm on August 30th. Meantime, on August 5th, to the delight of commuters, S.E. 11th and 12th Avenue traffic resumed north of Powell Boulevard.

Community Garden Coordinator Lee Kamrass described the three-part garden shed mural to be painted by local artist Alex Southworth. She thanked volunteers from a church group, Learning And Standing Together, for 15 hours of work weeding, spreading bark chips, and installing handrail posts along the Garden’s sloped walkway.

Neighborhood stalwart Marie Phillippi offered the last of the Brooklyn T-shirts and sweatshirts for $15 each. She warned that due to increased city fees, Brooklyn's Ice Cream Social in the Park might lose the opportunity to have Loaves & Fishes offer snacks at the September 8 event, but the Social will go on in any event.

The BAC is actively looking for sponsors to help pay for neighborhood events at the park. Phillippi thanked Fred Meyer and Plaid Pantry for stepping up to help sponsor Brooklyn’s August Movie in the Park.