Here’s how Kurt Cobain’s big face ended up back on a Capitol Hill wall

Last summer, the replacement of a Nagle Place mural of Kurt Cobain sparked a wave of nostalgia for a Capitol Hill that never was. First, the work had only been in place for half a year. Second, the muralist was a famed London street artist promoting a show at a Pioneer Square gallery. And third, the work was replaced with another by local artist and prolific Capitol Hill muralist Weirdo.

Nevermind all that.

Now the London artist, that Pioneer Square gallery, again, credit union BECU, and Capitol Hill’s Everyday Music have teamed up for a nostalgic flipside to the removed original. Continue reading

With Capitol Hill a nirvana of murals, here’s why Kurt Cobain got painted over for Pride on Nagle Place

Kurt Cobain could give a shit about Nagle Place. And walls? Walls change.

“Walls rotate. And if you’ve been in the game long enough, you’ve seen it happen to your own walls,” muralist and street artist Weirdo tells CHS.

You’ve seen his “hyper-real” Weirdocult works all over the Hill, most prominently on the side of Neumos where a regular rotation of new works hype the latest big music release or, recently, new kits for the Seattle Sounders.

The murals are his business and this kind of street work is a growing industry for influencers and marketing. They’re not strictly advertising. To stay clear of the city’s rules about off premise advertising — remember this legendary 12th and Pine ad space? — the depictions don’t include overt commercial messaging and involve imagery and subjects related to the building and the community. The paintings, in the end, become statements and part of the colorful background of Pike/Pine and Broadway.

Mostly, Weirdo’s murals are celebrated for their mix of intense, beyond real colors, and photorealistic depictions of his subjects. Weirdo’s latest work is being wrapped up on one of the newer canvases in the Capitol Hill wall space on the backside of the Hunters Capital-developed Broadway Building, along Nagle Place, facing the popular and usually bustling Cal Anderson skate and sport courts. Continue reading

Metier-Homegrown combo brings new ‘FoodArt’ to E Union

Thanks to the FoodArt Collection, Capitol Hill can lay claim to a homegrown pop art movement. Now the work of artist Genevieve St. Charles has busted out onto the streets of Pike/Pine.

Earlier this year, CHS reported on the link up between E Union’s cycling culture-centered Metier and the food+drink folks at Homegrown. That tandem is now riding smoothly and the combination has added a new mural to the neighborhood’s collection of giant sized art. Continue reading

The Honda finches of Boren need a new home

(Image: Will Schlough)

It depends on what kind of person you are, but a batch of three giant plywood goldfinches might just be an offer you cannot refuse. The bright yellow birds, who once graced the exterior of the former Honda of Seattle dealership on Boren, need a new home. And according to artist Will Schlough and Urban ArtWorks, a local nonprofit that works with adjudicated youth and co-produced the work, that could be anyone with enough exterior wall space.

The Goldfinches were retrieved last year from the building before it was razed to make way for Washington State Convention Center’s more than $1.6 billion expansion. Local artist Will Schlough made the work in 2016. He covered the electric-blue building with images of three American Goldfinches pulling bright red ribbon that snaked around the building. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Amid a jelly’s tentacles, The Reef’s colorful new mural

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The Seattle and statewide marijuana retail and edible industries are pushing back on an out of the blue move by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board that could bring the end of candy-like pot edibles in the state in 2019 because, officials say, the colorful sweets are too appealing to children.

The Stranger reports that the Washington CannaBusiness Association, the Cannabis Alliance, and the Cannabis Organization of Retail Establishments have come out against the planned change in policy that would end the legal production of “hard candy (of any style, shape or size), tarts, fruit chews, colorful chocolates, jellies and any gummy type products.”

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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.


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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