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New mural celebrates journey, discovery


Community members and library patrons gathered last Saturday for the unveiling of a new mural at the Hillsboro Public Library Shute Park Branch, “Bird Child: Travels Through History.”

Photo Credit: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - A colorful new mural from Portlands Angelina Marino-Heidel was unveiled last Saturday at the Hillsboro Public Librarys Shute Park Branch.After gathering suggestions from community members and studying the area’s culture through the Census and community groups, Portland artist Angelina Marino-Heidel got to work on the 4-foot by 12-foot mural in the library’s children’s section.

Marino-Heidel and her husband, Joel Heidel, created the “Bird Child” character to use as inspiration. Bird Child travels through time and space to visit works of art throughout history, from petroglyphs to more modern works. Bird child’s costume incorporates a multicultural element, blending American and Hispanic cultures and transforming from one end of the mural to the other.

At the right end of the mural, Bird Child is planted on the ground.

By the middle he’s getting ready to take flight, and by the left side he’s flying. The mural is about spreading wings to take flight, and about journey and discovery.

The mural is dedicated to Michael R. Smith for his service in and for the public libraries of Washington County from 1974 to 2014.

Smith was director of the Hillsboro Public Library from 2008 to 2014.