West Seattle art: Desmond Hansen’s 4th signal-box tribute

Over the weekend, West Seattle artist Desmond Hansen painted a tribute portrait on a fourth local signal box. This time, it’s Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, and it’s on the northwest corner of the Avalon/Harbor/Spokane intersection. That follows Jimi Hendrix at California/Fauntleroy (featured here March 7th), Bruce Lee at 35th/Morgan (featured here March 10th), and Chris Cornell at 35th/Alaska (here’s the artist’s Instagram photo). Hansen also launched a crowdfunding page to raise money for supplies, and it’s already past its goal; in a video accompanying it, he says he might even take the project citywide.

13 Replies to "West Seattle art: Desmond Hansen's 4th signal-box tribute"

  • Jeff B. March 18, 2018 (8:54 pm)

    Very nice work, I’ve seen a few of them.  I sure hoped they are sealed well so that when some idiot decides to do something to them, they can be cleaned up. They’re a great addition to the hood! 

  • Lisa March 18, 2018 (9:05 pm)

    Love the art!! Would love to see some women!

    • K March 18, 2018 (10:50 pm)

      Mia Zapata

      Frances Farmer

      Ernestine Anderson

      • CB March 19, 2018 (8:41 pm)

        Frances Farmer – West Seattle high grad to boot. 

  • ACG March 18, 2018 (10:32 pm)

    I love these!  I’m hoping the city (or whatever agency is responsible for the boxes) has given their okay for this so these beautiful pieces can stay and multiply!!!

  • Kate March 19, 2018 (6:12 am)

    I was just in Portland and couldn’t help but notice all the of the public art everywhere you look- beautiful murals in a lot of the neighborhoods. Makes a big difference and was happy to come back to Seattle to find the new art in my neighborhood.

  • wsgal March 19, 2018 (7:11 am)

    Very cool to see the work. I have a friend who does similar work elsewhere in the city, but her work is approved by the city and sometimes designs are voted on by the neighborhood. Is that the case with this artist? 

  • Michelle March 19, 2018 (8:04 am)

    I sure love Desmond’s work.  Its positive and nice.  Yes,  I will contribute to helping him with his material costs.   Thanks Desmond.

  • HelperMonkey March 19, 2018 (9:04 am)

    these are just amazingly cool. keep it up, Desmond! 

  • I. Ponder March 19, 2018 (1:49 pm)

    Wish there was a LIKE button.

    • WSB March 19, 2018 (1:55 pm)

      You just used it! One comment saying “cool” (etc.) is worth 100 button clicks :)

  • MJ March 19, 2018 (5:46 pm)

    Desmond is talented!

  • Ace20604 March 19, 2018 (9:49 pm)

    One hit after another with a.repertoire of mixed mediums. Great to see this infamous artist finally out of the shadows making a splash. Recognized as continuously working towards the goals many defined as Hip-hop culture..I’m compelled by your many evolutions. Lucky to have you still here in the west.



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