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Renovations underway on North Portland's Paul Bunyan statue

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The iconic Paul Bunyan statue in the Kenton neighborhood in North Portland is finally getting some love.

Renovations are underway on the roadside attraction, so it might look a little different. Crews are scraping off old paint, and you might even spot polka dots on his pants, which are to test colors. 

Paul's pants have changed over the years. At one time, the pants were green, and then went to varying shades of blue. 

The statue was built in 1959 and it has been a symbol of the neighborhood ever since. 

“It’s definitely a big cultural icon for Portland. It seems to be a symbol of the community here.  People who grew up here … they are just really happy that it's being taken care of,” said Joy Elaine, who is painting the statue. 

“Hopefully Paul will be out of his prison soon and everyone will be able to look at him in his full original glory,” said a resident. 

The restored statue is set to be unveiled on Saturday, Sept. 9 for the Tall Paul Festival. 

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