Mike Bennett’s “A to Zoo” and "A, B, Sea" exhibits at Director Park

The Director Park kiosk art exhibit is now on display through April 29, 2022. It features local artist Mike Bennett’s “A to Zoo” and "A, B, Sea" exhibits, surrounded in a weather-changing lighting environment.
A menagerie of hand painted characters is displayed inside a small building with large glass walls. Colorful lights inside the building create a vivid and electric energy to the installation.

In collaboration with Prosper Portland, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hosting a new art installation at the Director Park kiosk, which features local artist Mike Bennett’s “A to Zoo” and “A, B, Sea” collections. This art installation is fun for all ages and features an alluring lighting environment that changes with the weather. See if you can find every alphabet letter with its corresponding animal. Be on the lookout for a moose on the loose! This artist creates his creatures using recycled plywood removed from boarded-up windows and recycled paint. The art installation will be on display through April 29, 2022.  

About the Artist

Photograph of artist Mike Bennet, wearing white overalls spattered with colorful paint, sits in front of a collection of his hand painted characters.

Mike Bennett moved from Central Pennsylvania to Portland, Oregon in the winter of 2016. He studied Art Education, Computer Design, Illustration, and Animation at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and proceeded to chase his dream of illustration and character design. Working alongside children allows Mike to keep in touch with his ever-present inner child and says he is happy to draw every day and bring smiles to as many faces as he can along the way. 


Park Location or Entrance
815 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205