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Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Awake to a New Aurora" Mural Unveiled on Tuesday

The mural unveiling was on Tuesday, March 23rd and if you missed it, don't worry, it is installed in the windows of a space (7615 Aurora Avenue) located next to DaVinci Pizza on Aurora and you can drive/walk by and check it out.

If you're not familiar with the project, here is a little background:

Sustainable Green Lake, Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN) and the City of Seattle envision Aurora as a street full of thriving businesses and shoppers – one with a vibrant business center that attracts local residents to walk and bike to stores and restaurants for their weekly shopping and entertainment. To encourage this, a temporary installation of artwork is being placed in the windows of an empty storefront. Sustainable Green Lake received funding to do this mural from a grant through the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. GAIN provided some additional funding. The project is modeled after a similar and successful one done in the Columbia City neighborhood in the 1990s.

Pictured above from left to right: Artists Kevin Sullivan & John Osgood and Dawn Schellenberg, City of Seattle
(Not pictured, Artist Zach Bohnenkamp)

The artists commissioned for the project were Zach Bohnenkamp, John Osgood and Kevin Sullivan from Seattle Mural art, a local muralist team whose most recent work was installed next to Taproot Theatre after the arsons. Seattle Mural Art is an affiliate of Bherd Studios, an urban contemporary art gallery that features PNW artists and is located in Greenwood.

After the unveiling, friends and neighbors stayed around for pizza, refreshments and to take some photos of the new mural.

A second location on Aurora is currently being sought for Part II of this project.

Sustainable Green Lake is a group of like-minded individuals living in and around Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood who all share the common desire to constantly live more sustainably.

Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN) is a group of neighbors working to enhance community and decrease crime in the Aurora corridor.