Community Safety Initiative

Posted on: March 7, 2023

New mural brings connection and color to Community Court

Community Provider Room with Mural behind chairs and tables

When developing a plan for our new Community Court Provider Room, we knew the space needed some color and warmth brought in to help people feel more welcome and comfortable. Artist Jessilyn Brinkerhoff helped bring our thought into a beautiful reality, and included Community Court participants, City staff, and service providers in the process; the mural itself is a representation of community and relationships.

From the artist: Plants and their pollinators are nature’s partners. Salmonberry, for example, is part of an interconnected web of relationships. Its pink flowers are the first splash of color after winter and call hummingbirds home to drink their sweet nectar. This relationship allows both to grow and develop. This botanical mural design uses the natural beauty of Oregon’s flora and pollinators as a metaphor for communities that will use this space to heal, grow and rely upon others for support.

The mural reaches across four walls and includes maidenhair fern, dogwood, salmonberry, Western columbine, bleeding heart, camas, Oregon swallowtail butterfly, checkermallow, Western sword fern, trillium, California poppy, tiger lily and larkspur delphinium

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