My favorite thing about Downtown Bend is the public art work. The neat thing about public spaces is that they take an entire diverse community to create them. Unlike a mall, public spaces are made by (and for) the community. When I am walking around in Downtown Bend, I marvel at all of the unique jobs, individuals, and stories that created the atmosphere.
For Downtown Bend, this is even more intriguing as the story began 100 years ago, when brave entrepreneurs (just like the ones today!) set up shops in Downtown Bend, streets were made, sidewalks developed, buildings went up, trees were planted - and Downtown Bend as we know it was born.
This historic footprint allows for the rich culture that we experience in Downtown Bend today. Artists, performers, buskers, and small business owners build on this footprint, weaving in the richness of each individual's experience into the tapestry that is our Downtown.
The photo above was taken by Miguel Edwards Photography in Gasoline Alley between Oregon and Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bend. There are works of art like these all around our Downtown area, and every time I see one, and I ask myself: What was the artist feeling that created this expression? How much joy did they feel as they set it up on display for others to witness? As people walk by, what emotions do these art pieces evoke? If Can o'Beans, Dirty Sock and Spoon were walking through Downtown Bend and viewed this art, what ironies would be exposed and what veils of society lifted?
Art is an important part of our community, and Downtown Bend plays the perfect host.
About the author:
Mindy Aisling is a local Bendite with a love for the outdoors, Irish whiskey, bar trivia, stand-up-comedy, live music, and all things goofy and ridiculous. A multi-generational entrepreneur, Mindy is passionate about small business, shopping local and commitment to community. Currently Mindy serves as the Executive Director for the Downtown Bend Business Association.
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