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Transformation at 12th and John: The Lady of the Lake

The work is complete. What’s it mean?

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Mike with curls
Mike with curls
12 years ago

Best garage door in the city … just great.

Give this guy 100 feet on the Sound Transit Wall ???? hmmmmm

anon
anon
12 years ago

It’s excalibur!

Nick
Nick
12 years ago

It means the owners are disillusioned with Obama, the former occupant of that space.

Elisabeth
Elisabeth
12 years ago

I agree, best garage door in the city!!

I happened to be walking by early Sunday afternoon when this just beginning to take form, and I believe a woman was doing the arting. A dude with a can of paint walked up to her, tho. Joint affair?

Less not be sessist, Mike. ;)

Michael Wells
Michael Wells
12 years ago

I miss the Obama picture

Gabe
Gabe
12 years ago

Why can’t there be more public art on private property in our city. Oftentimes, I find myself walking through a neighborhood and being unable to distinguish one block from the next. People get too caught up in property values and forget about making our city as beautiful and colorful as it can possibly be. I was in Barcelona recently and every block is incredibly different even though all of the storefronts are identical. The public art, both legal and illegal makes the city beautiful. Here’s an example:

http://baldmanwatching.com/2010/08/02/cataracts/

Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor
12 years ago

ARTHUR: I am your king!
WOMAN: Well, I didn’t vote for you.
ARTHUR: You don’t vote for kings.
WOMAN: Well, ‘ow did you become king then?
ARTHUR: The Lady of the Lake,
[angels sing]
her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur
from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I,
Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.
[singing stops]
That is why I am your king!
DENNIS: Listen — strange women lying in ponds distributing swords
is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power
derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical
aquatic ceremony.
ARTHUR: Be quiet!
DENNIS: Well you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power
just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
ARTHUR: Shut up!
DENNIS: I mean, if I went around sayin’ I was an empereror just
because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they’d
put me away!
ARTHUR: Shut up! Will you shut up!
DENNIS: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.
ARTHUR: Shut up!
DENNIS: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system!
HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!

Park Poser
Park Poser
12 years ago

Maybe it means people have finally stopped sniffing Obama’s ass and realized he’s NOTHING like the Obama the candidate. That Obama lied to us to get our votes. That he never had any intention of breaking with Bush’s policies. Maybe some Democrat here on Capitol Hill finally couldn’t wish away the gaping contradiction between the fact that Obama apparently thinks war crimes are okay, but telling the truth is a crime.

kkPOW
kkPOW
12 years ago

It is only partially complete….

B
B
12 years ago

That, or they just got tired of cleaning off all the penis drawings.

Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor
12 years ago

BBC ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10839342 )

The thrust of Mr Obama’s speech was the fulfilment of his campaign promise to end the Iraq war, which was a defining characteristic of his 2008 candidacy.

GDL RN
GDL RN
12 years ago

Are you going to put Obama in the background? I like that painting a lot!!!!

Go easy on Obama guys…he has to clean up the mess that Bush left!

Hotdog
Hotdog
12 years ago

No hope, no Obama

Hotdog
Hotdog
12 years ago

“Mission Accomplished”

reebs
reebs
12 years ago

I completely agree with you. Have you read the children’s book “The Big Orange Splot.” I always wish more people followed the motto in the book… “My house is me and I am it, my house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.”

calhoun
calhoun
12 years ago

So, you are advocating illegal activity on public and private property. Not cool at all..and very arrogant.

I think I might report you to the SPD.

Gabe
Gabe
12 years ago

Never “advocated” (whatever that means) for graffiti on private property. I already believe that we have a thriving street art scene on mostly public property. That being said, property owners need to take the initiative to make our city beautiful.

Here’s another example of a private property owner making his business look far more interesting than the normal off grey crap we see on an every day basis:

http://baldmanwatching.com/2010/05/12/nose-art/

calhoun
calhoun
12 years ago

Sorry, I stand corrected…you didn’t explicity condone illegal activity on private property. But, with your statement that “public art, both legal and illegal, makes the city beautiful,” you are certainly encouraging (= advocating) illegal actions. Do you think that someone can use publicly-owned property to put up whatever they want, regardless of City regulations? That’s a very slippery slope…

The problem is that the vast majority of illegal stuff on our streets is tagging and certainly not “art”. It not only does not make the city more beautiful, but it makes it more ugly and trashy, and is unwelcome by almost everyone.

Gabe
Gabe
12 years ago

Actualy 39% of the city believes that graffiti is “Not a problem” and another 21% believes it is a a “Small problem”. Before throwing out massive generalizations about the beliefs of an entire city, do some research first.

To respond to your question of “Do you think that someone can use publicly-owned property to put up whatever they want, regardless of City regulations?”, this issue does not start and end with the sticker and the spray can. Our city makes no effort whatsoever to encourage positive art, especially in lower-income areas. Community Center programs are consistently slashed, art classes are nonexistent and specific to graffiti, the city has made no effort to establish free walls where artists can practice their work in a legal and safe way.

Instead the city wasted 2 million+ a year on cleaning up graffiti, money that could be used for a far better cause. Why does the city cleanup graffiti under freeways, along traintracks and in stormdrains that the general public will never ever see?

Phil Mocek
Phil Mocek
12 years ago

Gabe referenced http://baldmanwatching.com/2010/05/12/nose-art/ as an example of a property owner brightening up an otherwise-dull wall.

Gabe, it’s a pretty splash of colors, but really, isn’t it just someone’s name or pseudonym written in in large, highly-stylized print, pretty much like all the other graffiti that amounts to some large, highly-stylized print? Isn’t that considered cliché? This is an honest question. I have no connection to the graffiti vandalism scene or the paint-murals-with-permission-that-look-like-graffiti-vandalism scene, so I really don’t know.

I think if I let someone paint a mural on my building, and what he or she came up with was that or something similar, I’d be disappointed. “Oh, hey, look at that. It’s your little street handle, in big ‘ole twisty graffiti letters. Like a junky old freight train, but on my wall instead.”

Gabe
Gabe
12 years ago

Hey Phil, I totally agree with you on this point. While I appreciate Sneke (the graffiti artists) work, I don’t totally understand why the business owner wouldn’t reach out to a different type of artist. There are many street artists in the city with more diverse skill sets than Sneke that would have done an excellent job as well.

A few artists that have done some gallery work, work on free walls and “vandalism” on public property if you want to call it that. Here’s a couple good examples:

No Touching Ground – http://www.flickr.com/photos/maggotronix/3996303562/in/photo

Bald Man Is Watching – http://www.flickr.com/photos/liquidnight/2961067892/

Parskid – http://www.flickr.com/photos/true2death/3843582842/in/pool-6

Thoughts on these?

Phil Mocek
Phil Mocek
12 years ago

I find those much more appealing.

Shelly Farnham
Shelly Farnham
12 years ago

Hey, it’s my house, and we’re not mad at Obama, we still like Obama. I still like him more than any of the last several democrats in office, and i’ll vote for him again.

That said, we decided a while ago we should put up new images every now and then, since the garage frequently gets “tagged” anyways. It’s been tagged a couple of times since Obama was put up, I repainted it once, and some very kind anonymous neighbor sanded the last tagging off (thanks neighbor!).

We decided it was time for something new. My friends and muralist artists Kathy Kim and Jeff Larson teamed up to put up lady in the lake (they’re still working on it) — Kathy’s idea was it was time to have a symbol of more feminine power…The Lady in the Lake is known for giving excalibur to King Aurthur, but also for extorting all of Merlin’s knowlege from him by withholding her love.

Six months to a year, I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next project! Would love to hear any ideas…