West Seattle art: Local artist Kelda Martensen beautifying Junction signal boxes

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
On this chilly, breezy, sunny day, outdoor art is happening in The Junction. It’s the beautification project noted here when artist recruitment was under way last spring. West Seattle artist Kelda Martensen (below) was chosen, and today she and assistants are out installing her vinyl-wrap creations on five signal boxes in The Junction:

They started at California/Oregon (top photo). We then caught up with them again at California/Edmunds (where we photographed Martensen). The other three are going up at California/Alaska, 42nd/Alaska, and 39th/Alaska. You can see all five designs here.

10 Replies to "West Seattle art: Local artist Kelda Martensen beautifying Junction signal boxes"

  • West Seattle Hipster November 11, 2014 (3:25 pm)

    Nice work! Thank you for making our community nicer.

  • the Junction Association November 11, 2014 (4:33 pm)

    Kelda has done a great job in bringing art to the West Seattle Junction. As a point of clarification, this project was organized and funded by the West Seattle Junction Association i.e. Local businesses.

  • Susan Melrose November 11, 2014 (5:11 pm)

    Kelda has done a great job in bringing art to the West Seattle Junction. As a point of clarification, the project was organized and funded by the West Seattle Junction Association i.e. Local businesses. We hope the neighborhood enjoys the results!

  • Kelda Martensen November 11, 2014 (6:11 pm)

    Thanks WSB! As much as I’d love to claim Caleb and Taylor at Accutint Seattle as assistants – they are really the pros – I was honored at how they treated the work with such care and marveled at the stand up job they did. Many thanks to Susan and the West Seattle Junction Association for the opportunity to bring more art to this community! And many thanks to the community for supporting local business and local artists.

  • morgan November 11, 2014 (6:47 pm)

    Awesome. We want this down in the Morgan Junction too. How do we make this west Seattle wide?

  • ChefJoe November 11, 2014 (7:05 pm)

    Curiously, it’s a big deal that the city’s director’s rule has been modified to incentivize cabinets under 36″ tall to deliver broadband to neighborhoods and they still use boxes this big to control light signals ?

    http://council.seattle.gov/2014/09/29/council-adopts-bill-to-improve-high-speed-fiber-network-deployment/

  • Ttt November 11, 2014 (10:21 pm)

    Love this! Thanks for making my neighborhood more beautiful!

  • Caleb Russell November 13, 2014 (10:07 am)

    Being a West Seattlite for most of my life, I jumped at the opportunity to assist in the beautification process the Junction Association, and Kelda Martensen put together. It is an honor to have ACCUTINT selected for the installation of Kelda’s art on the signal boxes. We hope everyone will appreciate the time she spent on making our surroundings better as we stroll around the neighborhood!

  • Mary Hoyer November 14, 2014 (6:50 am)

    Wow–Great work, Kelda!! Wish Amherst, MA, would do something like this. Mary

  • Kelda Martensen November 15, 2014 (1:33 pm)

    Thanks for all the support! All 5 boxes are installed now :) As for the Morgan Junction – I’d love to see that happen! It would be great to see this continue throughout West Seattle. Many thanks to the West Seattle Junction Association for being willing to come up with the funds and for getting this project off the ground!

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