New mural to honor Portland’s ‘Trumpet Man’

Kirk Reeves remembered for his trumpet playing, magic tricks performed on Hawthorne Bridge

Gwenn Seemel completed this portrait of Kirk Reeves in 2007. It is not the design for the mural, but it does illustrate Seemel's trademark style. (Regional Arts and Culture Council)
Gwenn Seemel completed this portrait of Kirk Reeves in 2007. It is not the design for the mural, but it does illustrate Seemel's trademark style. (Regional Arts and Culture Council)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Portland’s beloved “Trumpet Man” will soon have a permanent memorial thanks to a local artist.

Gwenn Seemel said she will start painting a mural-sized portrait of street performer Kirk Reeves on Wednesday.

Reeves died in November 2012, but many remember him for his trumpet playing and magic tricks that he performed on the Hawthorne Bridge.

The mural, which is being funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), will be painted on the building on the southwest corner of Northeast Grand Avenue and NE Lloyd Boulevard. Seemel said the majority of the funding for the project will come from the building’s owner.

According to RACC, the portrait will show Reeves in his trademark white tux, black sparkly sweater and red sequined hat with his trumpet. The background will be the musical score for the first few bars of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” a song often played by Reeves on his trumpet.

A party to inaugurate the mural is planned for August 15.

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