The City of Portland had a dream. Metro Murals, a city program from Charlie Hales' 1998 amendment to Portland signage laws, was going to "bring art into everyday life." Modeled on successful mural programs in Tempe, Ariz. and Philadelphia, it was going to develop a registry and map of Portland murals.
Related: The 131 Best Old Portland Murals
That never happened.
Instead, some poor intern was sent around to take pictures of everything deemed a "painted-on wall sign," which would become a "grandfathered" wall and be immune to the new, stricter signage laws.
Some murals in 1999 were less traditionally artistic:
Others were like Packy. "Packy was a mural…" begins the Wiki page for the elephant painting on Old Town's Skidmore Fountain building, which was razed in 2008 for Mercy Corp's headquarters.
We give you, Portland Murals 1999 and present:
River City Bicycles (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.)
Belmont Market (3400 SE Belmont St.)
Andy and Bax (324 SE Grand Ave.)
BTU Brasserie (5846 NE Sandy Blvd.)
Machine (4018 N. Williams Ave.)
City Bikes Annex (734 SE Ankeny St.)
We also mapped 131 "grandfathered" walls, with photos.