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While lanterns filled Volunteer Park for its annual holiday celebration and shoppers and art lovers wandered the last Capitol Hill Art Walk of the year, the center of the neighborhood’s holiday spirit Thursday night just may have been found on a dumpster in the alley behind Neighbours running between Pike and Pine.
The Neighbours Alley Celebration drew people into the alleyway usually put to use these days mostly by clubgoers and trash and recycling trucks. A dumpster painting art project and alley bowling were part of the draw. Ornament making, lights, and multiple marching bands put the event over the top. The event from Capitol Hill Housing and the Capitol Hill Ecodistrict was part of an ongoing effort to activate the alley in a new way and explore the idea of redesigning Capitol Hill’s hidden streets and pathways to put the spaces to better use for Neighbours, neighbors, and neighboring business.
Artist Clare Johnson helped design the dumpster art — “a cityscape with lots of octopuses in it” — and her philosophy can be an inspiration to us all. “It was just about seeing whether we could make it happen,” she said. “And I’m so excited that it came together.”
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