Public Art on MAX Blue Line — Eastside

Portland’s first light rail project, the eastside Blue Line (also known as the Banfield Line), opened in 1986 without an art program. Following the establishment of TriMet’s percent for art policy in 1997, every eligible new capital project on the line has had an allocation for art.

Rockwood/E 188th Ave Station

Dan Corson, 2011

Dan Corson designed Rockwood Sunrise, 2011, to be a vibrant gateway for the multi-cultural Rockwood neighborhood. Artwork was funded primarily by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Gresham Redevelopment Commission.

  • Tall, brightly painted steel rays constitute a highly visible landmark for the station and a beacon of civic pride for the community
  • Imagery was inspired by the ferris wheel — once an annual feature in Rockwood, the bold colors of the Hispanic culture, and the universal symbolism of the sunrise
  • Translucent tips of the rays illuminate as the trains arrive and depart the station
  • Sunrise image also appears in the shelter glass pattern designed by Corson

Rockwood SunriseRockwood Sunrise


Civic Drive Station

Pete Beeman, 2010

Civic Drive Iris, 2010, by Pete Beeman is a colorful, kinetic sculpture that functions as a landmark for the new Civic Drive Station. Artwork was funded primarily by the Portland Development Commission.

  • Tall, brightly colored sculpture evokes a blossoming flower or radiating sun
  • Hand crank invites pedestrians to interact with sculpture
  • Turned crank causes sculpture top to illuminate and simultaneously expand and contract like an iris valve

Civic Drive IrisCivic Drive Iris


Windscreen Shelter Glass

Manda Beckett, 2003

In 2003, Manda Beckett designed four decorative glass patterns that relate physically and culturally to the neighborhoods of Eastside MAX.

  • Hollywood: Blackberry Deco
  • 102nd to 162nd: Puddles
  • Rockwood: Calabazas
  • Gresham: Leafwhelmed

Windscreens at RockwoodCalabazas

Windscreen at GatewayBlackberry Deco