This one's so good, I reprint the original words of a longtime respected Portland artist, along with his insta-worthy background visual:
|Courtesy of Brian Borrello|
"A decade ago, I was asked by the local placemaking org. City Repair to assist with designing & building a community project in SE Portland called the Arleta Triangle project. It was sited in a corner triangle parcel at a busy intersection that was once a turn for the Mt. Scott trolley. Many fine people from that neighborhood stepped up to generously volunteer. We built an earthen and flagstone wall, landscaping, toolshed & info kiosk, & I welded up a metal framed canopy. I was working on a solar lighting component to be mounted to the top, & the illuminated canopy was to suggest the historic streetcar's form.
"However after delays, mismanagement, & even major injuries to volunteers, I had to step away from this effort.
"The organizer and manager of the project, Sarah Iannarone, became upset and sent me a scathing letter. Several days after that, on Feb. 14, 2009, she felt compelled to vandalize my studio door in North Portland with a vulgar spray painted stencil -of a giant pink male sex organ.
"I couldn't prove this- until she called by phone 2 days later and asked me, 'Well, Brian, as an artist, did you approve of my compositional skills, color choices, and subject matter?' "
He goes on to say,
"I don't believe that we need or deserve (more) individuals with a history of erratic, incompetent, and vindictive behavior in leadership positions- whether at the local or national level of our society. Please choose wisely."