Neighbors passing the corner of Northeast Grand and Sixth avenues in the Lloyd District may have noticed a new message, paying tribute to Northeast and North Portland’s favorite basketball team.
The Lloyd branch of Consolidated Community Credit Union has commissioned a giant mural on the side of its building, created by local artist Tom O’Toole.
“Trailblazer fans are far from stereotypical and we wanted to demonstrate that diversity with something fun and approachable,” said O’Toole.
Artwork representing the biking community, the food cart community and the city’s love for coffee, soccer, music, donuts, micro-brews and roses surround the message “We are Rip City.”
“We started remodeling the building right after Damian Lillard hit the last-second, game-winning shot in game six against the Rockets,” said Larry Ellifritz, Consolidated Community Credit Union’s president and CEO. “I probably had a little Blazer pride flowing through my veins.”
With the branch’s proximity to the Moda Center and its high-traffic location on Grand, the community-building message should resonate with thousands of Blazer fans.
“As a credit union we feel we are much closer to the community than a typical national bank and wanted to express that with a mural that the entire city would identify with,” said Ellifritz.