Vote opens for new giant mural planned for 7-story Pike Flats development

Urban Artworks has decorated some of Capitol Hill’s biggest blank slates with artwork and messages that have become part of the neighborhood’s fabric. Here’s the color the brought to 12th and Pine with the “Read Up, Hands Down” project on the Richmark Label building.

The nonprofit made a splash this summer with its “Keep Cap Hill Queered” mural on the eastern face of the former 95 Slide at Harvard and Pike before its demolition to make way for a new 7-story mixed-use project.

Urban Artworks is now collecting votes for a new, enormous mural design planned to cover the western wall of the Pike Flats building currently under construction at the corner:

It’s an exciting time for Urban ArtWorks and Carr & Johnson! After an international call for artists four finalists have been chosen for a new mural to be completed summer 2018. The finalists were asked to conceptualize a site specific work for the corner of Pike and Harvard on Capitol Hill. Below are the artists’ submission renderings along with examples of previous work. We will be featuring more information on the artists in the next few weeks, but for now we just want to know which concept appeals to you the most.

You can check out the designs and vote here.

Voting got off to an in-person start earlier this month at the Redhook Brewlab. Redhook should be interested in the outcome. The resulting work will tower over the small-batch brewery’s E Pike patio.

CHS Pics | A summer of murals across Capitol Hill

(Image: Richmark Label)

(Image: Richmark Label)

Last summer, Capitol Hill added a block of Pike/Pine to its already impressive roster of murals large and small. Summer of 2016 has brought a new crop to the area on and around Capitol Hill — including an ambitious expansion of the street art gallery that E Pine’s Richmark Label building has become. Here is a look at some of the new works. Let us know about anything we’ve missed.

RICHMARK LABEL — 11th and Pine — Denial, Bisco Smith, and Josh Doll
The highest profile of the new works fills in the label factory’s northwest walls with works from street artists painted in the run up to the Seattle Art Fair. Treason Gallery in collaboration with Urban Artworks and Richmark Label made it happen with help and supplies from Art Primo:

Canadian artist Denial will kick off the mural project beginning on Monday August 1st. Denial has participated in a number of mural festivals around the world as well as Detroit’s “Murals in the Market” which transformed Detroit’s Eastern Market district with over fifty murals last September. Continue reading

Does your Capitol Hill blank space need a mural? artSEA project looking for 12 walls

The Noah Neighbor mural on E Pine's Aria Salon (Image: Patricia via Flickr)

The Noah Neighbor mural on E Pine’s Aria Salon (Image: Patricia via Flickr)

Capitol Hill Mural MapAre there any large, blank spaces left on Capitol Hill? Organizers behind artSEA, a 10-day art festival being planned to run across the city in conjunction with the 2016 Seattle Art Fair, are looking for a few good walls — including some on Capitol Hill, land of murals.

The plan? Find 12 public canvases for “internationally renowned artists” to work on during the August 4th to 14th artSEA festival.

“We are looking for any public-facing wall, preferably that has a decent amount of foot traffic,” Amy Faulkner, executive director of The World is Fun tells CHS. The walls will get murals at no cost to the property owner as part of the project, Faulkner said. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill’s newest mural at Broadway and Union gets Labor Day start

IMG_1631Not every new Capitol Hill mural is stuck in limbo. Work began in the parking lot behind Broadway and Union’s Gilda’s Club this Labor Day weekend on a new creation set to be part of Capitol Hill’s proud tradition of amazing murals. Here’s the invite to check out the work in progress from Gilda’s posted to the CHS Calendar:

Gilda’s Club Seattle is excited to announce that local artists, Game Not Fame, will be painting a mural on the North side of our building over Labor Day weekend and the weekend to follow. Stop by to check out the progress and to show your support for the artists who have volunteered their time to improve our neighborhood.

Gilda’s Club, which provides community and services to families living with cancer, undertook the project in an attempt to end the tagging that has persisted on the building walls surrounding the lot operated by Diamond Parking.

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CHS was there Saturday to check out the first markings by the Game Not Fame crew and we’ve swung back through a few times over the weekend to check out the progress. More images from the wall, below.

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