After receiving an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization award by Oregon Main Street for the Downtown iteration of Rain Art, the highly enjoyed treasure of hidden artworks on rainy sidewalks returned to Hillsboro this fall. In late November, artist Alex Chiu installed his rendition of sea creatures on the sidewalks of the Orenco neighborhood.
Images of a squid, turtle, frog on a lily pad, and koi fish can be seen “swimming” near New Seasons, Kitchen Kaboodle and the Orenco Max Station when rain falls. Chiu designed templates of his sea creatures on large pieces of cardboard, which were then stenciled on the sidewalk by spraying a clear hydrophobic paint that repels water. The paint is non-toxic and wears away naturally. When the sidewalk is dry, the drawings are invisible. The rain art in Orenco is expected to last only a couple of months.