Tualatin Stormdrain Sidewalk Mural Project

This summer, I painted my first mural at Ibach Park in Tualatin! This project was a collaboration between the City of Tualatin and the Tualatin Riverkeepers to raise awareness about stormdrains and their direct connection to river health.

It reads, “Ho’okahe I Ka Muliwai O Tualatin,” which means “Drains to Tualatin River,” in ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i. I chose to depict Upper River Steelhead and Western Pond Turtles swimming in a sea of patterns, referencing threatened species in the watershed and my background as a ‘ohe kāpala/pattern maker. The cedar represents the water cycle on land, and the rainbow cresting into the drain represents the fluid link between our skies and waterways.

I had a lot of fun with this project and hope it continues to spread awareness about the importance of river health. Plus, it’s always a privilege to represent Kānaka Maoli!

Check out the new mural at Ibach Park in Tualatin — find it near the baseball field and the roundabout :)

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Detail of the finished mural

Detail of the finished mural

Meet the Artist event at the mural site with members of the community

Meet the Artist event at the mural site with members of the community