TriMet has announced plans for a temporary tribute and a permanent memorial at the Hollywood Transit Center where three men were injured – two fatally – and two young women were harassed May 26 on a MAX car.
An advisory committee is selecting multicultural artists to paint the transit center’s ramp wall with some of the messages that were written in chalk in the days following the attack, according to Roberta Altstadt, TriMet’s media relations manager. The painted ramp will be a temporary tribute, recalling the bouquets of flowers deposited there and the words written spontaneously in chalk at the transit center.
The ramp painting will be temporary because the Hollywood Transit Center, one of the oldest MAX stations, will be remodeled by the end of 2019. During the renovation, a permanent tribute will be designed, Altstadt said.
Incorporated in the permanent memorial will be a plaque measuring 4 feet by 6 feet, made of porcelain enamel on steel. It will include descriptive words to honor the three men and two women, along with images of the spontaneous memorial, Altstadt said.
After consultation with the families of the men and the young women, Altstadt said, TriMet commissioned designer John Laursen to create the plaque with descriptive text and images from the spontaneous memorial. It will be installed in the transit center by May 26, 2018, the first anniversary of the attack.
Laursen has operated Press-22 for four decades. It specializes in the design and production of books and text-based public art projects, including numerous memorials, Altstadt said.
The advisory committee for the wall painting includes chair Valerie Otani of the Hillsboro Public Art Program; Mohamed Alyajouri of Muslim Educational Trust; Randy Blazak, Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crime; Sabina Haque, an artist; Meagan Atiyeh, Oregon Arts Commission; Eugenie Jolivett Fontana, Regional Arts and Culture Council; Victor Maldonado, Pacific Northwest College of Art Diversity and Inclusion; and April Slabosheski of Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.