Saturday, June 27, 2009

Seattle History at a Glance

Seattle History at a Glance

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Just off Roosevelt in the Maple Leaf neighborhood you can take a half block stroll and get a graphic novel's worth of Seattle's heritage. I have always intended to stop as I've driven past this mural, and I finally did. Seattle's history and industry from 1850s European-American settlement through about the 1970s is depicted in this huge heritage mural best visible from the QFC market parking lot across the street. Don't worry, there is no quiz, but what parts might you recognize or know the stories behind? It was painted by artist and prolific muralist Larry Kangas, with lettering by Julie King and surface prep by Claude Beal. Painted sometime in the 1990s, it is aging gracefully. Close ups of sections are at my More Seattle Stuff site. Each vignette is very special in and of itself. There has been an update at some point, as the artist's photo shows different scenes on the extreme right end. The top of the Space Needle replaces a replicated World's Fair brochure, and Jimi Hendrix has been added at the edge.

7 comments:

Hilda said...

That's a great idea! I think we could do with one too.

And I wonder if they'll add more to the wall as the decades pass…

brattcat said...

I love the way you've composed this, Kim. With a sense of the street in front of the mural, you convey the sense of the passage of time distilled in the mural.

Don and Krise said...

I didn't even know that was there. We're going to have to check that out next time we're in Seattle. Good subject.

Michelle Johnson said...

This is a great photo. We have murals painted along the Maysville Landing representing how Maysville used to look back in the day. You've inspired me to post them sometime with your stunning pic. Hope all is well. Have a great day.

Green said...

Thank you Kim for your kind comment. I appreciate it. With love and peace

Greg Dimitriadis said...

Nice mural!
I wrote that I was coming to Seattle on my blog but I shied away from letting you know directly, I would have felt like I was imposing on you. I am still a Brit down at heart! Maybe next time. Let me know if you come to Belgium.

Kim said...

Hilda, this artist specializes in outdoor murals. Perhaps he would like to go to Manila :-). Your beauty in the islands there is so different than here, and your history much more colorful and LONG!

Gee Brattcat, you so often make the most amazing connections. Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses to these photos. I appreciate it very much!

Don & Krise, when you drive up this way, be sure to let me know and we can grab a coffee together, okay?!

Michelle, I'm glad you'll be showing us Maysville murals! I like the way we all inspire one another in our blogging. Thanks a bunch.

Green, you are sure welcome! We keep thinking of you daily and pray for the peace and safety of all you hold dear and for justice to come holding peace's hand!

Greg, sorry that I haven't been able to keep up with visiting around as much as I have in the past and that I would like to now. I missed seeing your announcement of vacation plans. I think it is more than safe to assume that all of us CDPBloggers would love to get together for coffee and such when we visit each other's cities. I'm so glad you had a great holiday here in the States and I loved seeing all the shots you posted of your adventures. If I get to France in October, as I hope to, you just might find me in your neck of the woods inquiring about your recommendation on a local Belgian beer to try!