George Floyd’s vibrant mural surrounding Apple Pioneer Place in Portland, Oregon will live on under the care of a nonprofit Don’t shoot PDX. Apple donated the community’s artwork in hopes of preserving the spirit of the 2020 racial and social justice protests.
The plywood barricades in Apple’s downtown Portland store gave the community a voice last summer when he was a muralist Emma Berger he painted a portrait of George Floyd and the words “I can’t breathe”. Virtually overnight, the simple black plates were transformed into an expressive collage that captured the struggle for change.
Recognizing the historical significance of the artwork, Apple covered the mural last December to preserve the artwork. The company announced at the time that long-term plans would be revealed in early 2021.
Don’t Shoot PDX, a “non-profit organization for social justice that promotes art, education and civic participation to create social change”, announced on its website to have accepted the responsibility for the conservation of the panels. The group is actively involved in the community and last week hosted the seventh edition MLK Day March in downtown Portland. Don’t Shoot PDX invites all artists who participated in the mural to reach out your hand and stay connected.
In a statement a Oregonian today, Apple said:
Portland community artists have reinvented the blank canvas surrounding our Pioneer Place Apple Store and created a monumental work of art that honors the ongoing struggle for justice and the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery . Apple supports artists and all those who stand up for social and racial justice. We are honored to have hosted the murals and are very happy to entrust the artwork to Don’t Shoot Portland in support of their advocacy of social change.
Don’t Shoot PDX has not yet announced whether the murals will be on public display in the future. It remains Apple Pioneer Place temporarily closed and will require further repairs before reopening.
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