Artists are being called upon to design a new mural for the underpass at Dexter Ave North off Highway 99. Queen Anne Murals is awarding $200 to the artist chosen who creates a piece of art that will be transformed into a 20-feet tall, 100-feet long mural. The existing mural, which was painted 15 years ago, has long been damaged by graffiti. (Thanks to Rodrick Swinford for the pics!)
The original mural tells the story of homeless people who are integrated back into society with the assistance of others. The new project hopes to bring awareness to this theme, but also shed light on the importance of greenbelts as animal sanctuaries. Birds are of particular interest, to tie in with the nature on both sides of the underpass.
Starbucks has already donated $1,000 to help pay for art supplies but they still need to raise an additional $5,000 in order to begin work on the mural this fall. ArtWorks, a program that helps at-risk youth, The Aloha Inn, and other neighboring businesses have also volunteered to help out.
Deadline for artist submissions is on Monday, August 24 by 5pm. Visit Queen Anne Mural‘s site for more specific requirements.