The Seattle Mural, which stands just under the Space Needle at the heart of Seattle Center, was commissioned over 50 years ago to world renowned collage/mosaic artist Paul Horiuchi for the 1962 World’s Fair. For the past five decades Horiuchi’s Venetian glass mosaic mural has been a gathering place at the Center as the face of the Mural Amphitheatre, and an artistic landmark of the city.
(Photo courtesy of Neil B. Waller via his Flickr page).
Partners in Preservation, an organization dedicated to preserving historic places across the country, has selected the mural as one of 25 historic sites in the Seattle/Puget Sound area up for a restoration grant. Because Partners in Preservation doesn’t have enough funding to restore all of the sites, they’ve put the decision to the community, inviting Seattleites and visitors to share their personal stories, pictures and experiences and vote for which places they wold like to see preserved, guaranteeing restoration to the site that receives the most votes.
From April 15 – May 12, vote here for the places you would like to see receive preservation funding. Each person can vote once daily for any of the 25 historic places. The winner of the public vote is guaranteed to receive a grant, so your votes really do count!
(Photo courtesy of John Hubbard via his Flickr page).
In an email sent out today, Partners in Preservation talked about its vision to restore the mural in time for the Center’s 50th Anniversary:
The Seattle Mural – created in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair – is pushing 50. And to be frank, the mid-century, glass mosaic masterpiece that serves as a colorful backdrop for the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center is showing its age. Many of its pieces are missing, faded or cracked. It desperately needs a facelift.
With your vote, Seattle Center can revitalize this landmark artwork in time for the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair.
Partners in Preservation is also hosting an open house at the mural on Sunday, May 2 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be live music, cake, a paper collage workshop for kids, and a display of 1962 World’s Fair memorabilia.
Read up on Horiuchi’s Seattle Mural here.
(Disclaimer: Parnters in Preservation is a sponsor of QueenAnneView).