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Portland Street Artists Turned a Doomed Building Into a Temporary Work of Art

Before it gets torn down, the new owners of the former Sunshine Dairy offered the building to the nonprofit Portland Street Art Alliance to use as a canvas.

The Sunshine Dairy building in Northeast Portland was a civic landmark for 80 years, famous for the giant spinning milk carton on its roof, but it took the company going bankrupt in 2018 for the property to reach its full potential.

New owners Eastbank Development are planning to raze the site and turn it into apartments—but before doing so, they offered it to the nonprofit Portland Street Art Alliance to use as a canvas. Since last spring, more than 50 artists have contributed to the project, covering all four of the building's outer walls with cows, bears, Sasquatches and hyper-bright 3-D lettering. 

It's obviously not meant to last, but the ephemeral nature of the project makes it ideal for artists looking to experiment. And don't worry—the milk carton remains untouched.

Related: Sunshine Dairy Will Close After Declaring Bankruptcy. What Should Happen to the Iconic Spinning Milk Carton?

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