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Many artworks related to the Black Lives Matter movement were created in Portland, Oregon, during local protests over the killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans. Oregon Arts Watch contextualized the artistic works, stating that a "whitewashed pre-COVID lens" on American life, which obscured systemic racism, had been "cracked",[1] and describing artists' response to racial violence being brought into the public eye was a "marathon, not a sprint".[2]

During local protests over the killing of George Floyd, many boarded windows, sidewalks, and other structures in downtown Portland were graffitied with chalk and paint, or covered by posters. According to Benjamin Brink of Street Roots, "Messaging range[d] from anti-police and anti-racist rhetoric to motivational quotes and support for Black lives".[3] Many of the artworks depicted Floyd and other victims of police brutality in the U.S., or incorporated phrases associated with the Black Lives Matter movement such as "I can't breathe and "No justice, no peace".[3] Some of the murals were added by local businesses.[4]

The Thompson Elk sculpture, one of the most visible public artworks in Portland, located near frequent protests at the Multnomah County Justice Center, was removed for its protection. The elk has been used since as an antifascist symbol, perhaps most visibly in a sculpture dubbed "Nightmare Elk" erected in the Thompson Elk's place.[1]

The Trump Statue Initiative performed several "statues" at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in summer 2020.[1]

The Black Lives Matter street mural was painted in north Portland's St. Johns neighborhood in June 2020, and vandalized one month later. We Stand with You by Christian Grijalva was installed in northeast Portland's King neighborhood in June 2020. The mural depicts Ahmaud Arbery, Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and was vandalized in 2021.

Emma Berger painted portraits on boards protecting windows of Apple Pioneer Place (Southwest Yamhill Street and Fifth Avenue). She started with one of Floyd on June 1, 2020, and worked to recruit other artists and protesters to participate. A portrait of Arbery was added outside the store.[3] In the Pioneer Place vicinity, portraits depicted Kendra James, Deontae J. Keller, and Jason Washington, all of whom were shot to death by Portland Police Bureau officers, as well as Tony McDade and Anton Sterling, who were killed by officers in Tallahassee and Baton Rouge, respectively. Portraits of Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, and Taylor also appeared.[3]

Mexican artist and mother Xochilt Ruvalcaba was commissioned by Lisa Schroeder, the owner of Mother's Bistro to paint a series of murals dedicated to Floyd and seven Black children who were killed by police, including Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice.[5] Next to the portraits Ruvalcaba described the circumstances of their deaths.[6] Ruvalcaba’s mural of the words “All Mothers were summoned when he called out to his mama” became the slogan of Moms United for Black Lives, who wore bright yellow T-shirts with the words “Summoned Mama - Black Lives Matter” to protests.[7] Ruvalcaba's mural also inspired the global George Floyd and Antiracist Street Art Database.[8]

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