Trimet is getting close to choosing an artist to create a memorial for the victims of last year’s MAX train stabbing.
In May 2017, two men were stabbed to death on a Portland light rail train after they engaged with a man who was shouting racial slurs.
Public response to the incident included a massive spontaneous memorial at the Hollywood Transit Station, near where the attack occurred.
The transit agency intends to fund the creation of a permanent public memorial at the site.
Mohamed Alyajouri, of the Muslim Educational Trust, is a member of the advisory committee. The group has talked about several common values, he said at a Wednesday meeting.
Four artist teams made presentations today.
The advisory committee will likely choose one of them Thursday to move forward with the committee in creating a final design.
The finalists are:
- Rather Severe (muralists Travis Czehalski and Jon Strommel)
- Photographer Julie Keefe, hip-hop emcee Mic Crenshaw, educator Deborah “Majik” Hodges and musician and artist Larry Yes
- Muralists Zack Yarrington and Mehran Heard, also known as Eatcho
- Sarah Farahat
All concept art presented Wednesday made extensive use of color. Several of the presentations also suggested a reference to Taliesin Namkai-Meche’s last words: “Tell everyone on this train I love them.”
Trimet will observe a remembrance day May 26. A plaque remembering the victims will be in place at that time, but the artwork will be created on a longer timeline.