New Name – New Look

Posted on 09/15/2014

by Bettie DeWitt

Clayton's 09-05-14


A lot has happened in the last few months in our corner of the Pearl District. Hoyt Street Properties’ Block 15 went from a forlorn, empty striped parking lot to a crane put up like a giant erector set. To keep you in the loop, we will spotlight photos taken by our friend in the Encore, Clayton, who enjoys a bird’s eye view of all the action. We’ll be out of the ground soon so keep an eye on our progress as we build The Cosmopolitan!


New Mural Installation on Block 15!

Posted on 02/26/2014

by Bettie de Witt via Klutch himself

Over the course of the next 3 months Portland artist Klutch and his team will be creating a temporary 130 ft mural at Block 15. He initially planned to do a Kickstarter fundraiser to pay for his supplies but instead took advantage of the nice weather to begin work on Feb. 20. With 3 clear days and donated funds Klutch and his crew have already transformed a bare plywood wall into an very colorful vision of things to come.

Photo: Doug Shapiro
Photo: Doug Shapiro

Klutch says that his vision for this wall is to create a mural that will continuously evolve over its temporary lifespan. Aesthetically the mural’s content will be a mixture of abstract backgrounds and brightly-colored organically-influenced surreal characters. Feathers, plants, clouds, and bubbles are all frequent elements that appear in his work.

Photo: Klutch
Photo: Klutch

This is one dedicated team so expect to see them working anytime it’s not raining. These guys are truly in love with painting murals and the hundreds of hours of their time they are donating to this project is clear evidence of this. In addition, they are also self-funding all of their paint and supplies. Any day now Klutch will be launching a Kickstarter fundraiser to recoup his costs and I will share that link as soon as it becomes live. They are all friendly and articulate guys so feel free to approach them and inquire about the mural.

Klutch and team
Photo: Doug Shapiro

Klutch has been creating visual mischief for three decades and his work had appeared on walls, galleries, and magazines around the world. In 2005 the suite that he painted for San Francisco’s Hotel Des Arts was featured in Time magazine’s annual Best Of issue.

We appreciate all that Klutch and his crew are doing to add to the exciting visual aesthetic of the North Pearl. Can’t wait to see the final result!