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Monday, June 16, 2008

Seattle Zoo Mural Update

The zoo mural that was painted over recently has been at the top of the list for concerned Phinney-Greenwood citizens. If you did not see the article you can read it here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004460919_paintedmural06m.html

Irene Wall, of Phinney Neighborhood gave this update:
Shortly after the mural was painted over by the city, the Phinney Ridge CC (Community Council) began a dialogue with the Dept of Neighborhoods about replacing the mural. We expect to hear next week (week of June 16) how the city intends to fund the project. Lise Ward (who managed the original PRCC sponsored project) and Greg Zuhl, who called foul on the city for covering the mural, are co-leaders of a steering committee at this point.

She also said that there are some water damaged areas where drains need to be re-routed and also they would like to add lighting to the tunnel as well. There may be a slim chance that the gray paint may be able to be removed as the original mural had a protective coating on it. Some patch tests will be done by SDOT to see if that is a possibility. If the mural cannot be restored, it will be replaced and a process will be put into place for a possible design competition and the involvment of area youth.