The bike corridor along 13th Avenue now includes newly finished traffic box art. Michael Erickson was hired by the City of Eugene to paint the boxes between Charnelton and Alder along 13th Avenue, with the theme of bicycle safety. The project began in the summer of 2022 and was completed by the following October.
According to Erickson, “These paintings were made with the thought of promoting bicycle safety. The images are bright and colorful in a way that shows the importance of being seen while commuting on a bike. The characters shown are wearing bubble-like helmets that help to keep their heads safe. I wanted to show exciting scenarios that a rider might come upon in a daily bicycle commute.”
Funding for this project was provided by Susan and John Minor in honor of their son, David Minor. This project was coordinated by City of Eugene Cultural Service’s Urban Canvas Program with support from City of Eugene Traffic Operations Team.
Michael Erickson has been living in Eugene since 2006. Realizing his love of line and color led him on a self-initiated journey through the realms of graphic artistry. He has worked on a broad spectrum of projects and mediums including apparel design, screen printing, sign painting, video production, stop-motion animation, studio painting and a mural project with the City of Eugene’s Urban Canvas program. Of these, he enjoys mural painting the most. Erickson has completed multiple commissioned mural projects in Lane County. From interior floor level walls to 20-foot-tall exterior walls, his previous creative experience has given him a level of professionalism that he is proud to maintain and share with the community today.
Photo Credit: Marin Stuart