Lax on the Trax 2019

The railyard was a flurry of rattle can activity in late August while Phil Haleen, of For the Love PDX, and his friends repainted 7 of 8 railcars with unique and amazing murals.  The event was themed ‘Lax on the Trax’, as it’s quite rare that graffiti artists are allowed to apply their craft in a relaxed environment.  If you read our previous post in April about our collaboration with Phil and local graffiti artists, you know we appreciate the opportunity to partner with graffiti artists on of their most coveted of canvases, railcars.  We’re huge fans of the work and mural movement in Portland. We take pride in participating in the movement and sharing it with passers by.

Phil was the ringleader that brought together over 15 artists in less than 2 weeks to knock out this massive project.  It was a significant challenge to align schedules, coordinate paint and materials and work with the businesses that occupy the trains.  Fortunately weather played nice and everyone made space for each other while the masterpieces took shape. Below you’ll find a gallery of these impressive works and a bit about the artists behind them. 
Thanks again to Phil for thinking big and coming through.  We’re huge fans of seeing communities gather around projects like this that can be enjoyed by eveeryone.  It’s fun getting to tap into this community of humans and watch the creativity unfold on the side of the railcars.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of an ongoing tradition here in the railyard. Please swing by if you want a closer look.  Just be careful as this is a live railroad.