Civic Square Fence
Downtown between Third and Fourth avenues and James and Cherry streets
Three mural artists and artist-teams have created 200-foot long murals now on view on the Civic Square construction fence in downtown Seattle. Celebrating Seattle's vibrancy and cultural life, the murals are sited on the fence surrounding the construction site where a mixed-use, high-rise tower and open space will complete the city's Civic Center Campus, which includes City Hall, Seattle Justice Center and Seattle Municipal Tower. Construction is on hold until economic conditions improve, and the fence will remain in place until development at the site occurs.
Funding for the Civic Square fence project is provided by Triad Development Inc.
CURRENT: HEBRU BRANTLEY
Chicago graffiti artist Hebru Brantley's mural consists of multiple representations of Brantley's original character, Fly Boy. The characters are yellow-goggled boys who pay homage to World War II's Tuskegee Airmen. Brantley intends for the work to transform James Street into an outdoor gallery. Each whimsical variation of the Fly Boy or Girl will be used as guardians of the city. The piece is titled "Traveling With Out Movement" and features spray paint, acrylic and house paint.
CURRENT: HOLLIS + LANA
Drawing inspiration from the Seattle's landscape and color palette, "Rain Shadows and Ripples" represents an ephemeral forest, home to unique creations. Referencing the asymmetric mirroring occurring in nature, the mural presents moments of chaos and calm, organic growth, patterns, and the transitions between natural forms. We see Seattle as a rain shadow for our work that provides a place for our gentle imaginings to roam and prosper. Our work allows for different interpretations every day. However, the central figures in the mural appear to be guardians welcoming or defending a world of imagination and visual exploration.
CURRENT: JOSEPH PARK & CLAUDE ZERVAS
Joseph Park and Claude Zervas have collaborated to create a large-scale abstract mural of interweaving linear geometric patterns using transparent glazes and paint gradients. The mural is formally based on interweaving linear geometric patterns generated using custom computer software, written by Claude Zervas, and then painted by hand on the final mural surface.
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PREVIOUS: Laura Castellanos
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PREVIOUS: Susan Danielson
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