West Seattle schools: Pathfinder K-8 dedicates new mosaic sign

August 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm | In Pigeon Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 4 Comments

After an early evening full of lightning, thunder, and pouring rain, the weather cleared just in time for Pathfinder K-8 students, families, and staff to conclude their pre-school year barbecue with a special ceremony: The dedication of a newly created mosaic sign at the school’s entry off SW Genesee. Students all collaborated with artist-in-residence Julie Maher, in the next photo, helping cut the ribbon with Pathfinder PTSA co-president Martin McGurl:

“The kids were my inspiration,” Maher said. “She took our idea for a design and really ran with it .. This could be in a museum,” mused principal David Dockendorf (at left in the photo above with McGurl and Maher), just before the ceremony concluded with a chance for everyone to come see the mosaic up close.

The principal also gave shoutouts to Pathfinder’s art teachers Marci Golden and Suzanne Wakefield. There’s so much detail in the mosaic, no photo could do it justice – you’ll have to go to Pigeon Point and take a look!


  1. We live just down the street and love the new visual treat! Thanks to all that made it possible, and thanks WSB for reporting!

    Comment by Mark — 10:37 pm August 29, 2013 #

  2. I love the mosaic. Not only is it beautiful, but it is a wonderful way to allow the students to participate and help build their community. Great work!

    Comment by NativetoSeattle — 7:27 am August 30, 2013 #

  3. The sign is gorgeous!

    Comment by kayo — 9:02 am August 30, 2013 #

  4. I worked with Julie on the mural at Maple Elementary in Beacon Hill. It was such a great experience from start to finish! Julie was such a wonderful artist to work with. She’s thoughtful and incredibly talented. Pathfinder is lucky to have her work, too!

    Comment by Traci — 12:29 am August 31, 2013 #

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