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Art Murals Decorate the Tunnels on the Deschutes River Trail

The Deschutes River Trail is now even more beautiful. The two tunnels underneath the Columbia Street Bridge in the Old Mill District are now graced with striking murals thanks to the efforts of an innovative collaboration between Arts Central, a team of Nike designers from Portland and the Old Mill District.

The mural images in both tunnels reflect the rich and thriving riparian areas along the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. Local artist Paul Allen Bennett, an arts instructor at Arts Central and whose work is at Tumalo Art Co., created the mural design and oversaw the execution of the painting with the kids and designers. 

To complete the painting, more than twenty Nike designers and staff worked shoulder to shoulder with Arts Central’s Art Academy students and kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs.

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