WEST SEATTLE ART: Morgan Junction signal boxes painted by Desmond Hansen

(WSB photos)

Morgan Junction has joined the ranks of West Seattle neighborhoods with signal-box art. After spotting this work in progress while passing through California/Fauntleroy earlier today, we went back for a photo. The artist is Desmond Hansen; he described the project on Instagram as “donating my time to the community.” In addition to the Jimi Hendrix portrait, he also painted this box one block north:

Delridge signal boxes were painted in 2013; signal boxes in The Junction were wrapped in 2014.

30 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE ART: Morgan Junction signal boxes painted by Desmond Hansen"

  • Al March 7, 2018 (3:45 pm)

    That West Seattle art was my idea.  My it keep growing

  • sw March 7, 2018 (3:54 pm)

    Brilliant.  Love it.  

  • 56bricks March 7, 2018 (4:11 pm)

    Walked by the artist a few times today. Enjoyed the fumes. Thanks.

  • waikikigirl March 7, 2018 (4:28 pm)

    Nice work Desmond, luv Jimi…maybe Chris Cornell too???

  • Vanessa March 7, 2018 (4:57 pm)

    YES!!!  Lovely.

             Art heals.

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  • Lisa March 7, 2018 (4:58 pm)

    Luv it— Thank you, Desmond!

  • West Seattle Hipster March 7, 2018 (5:04 pm)

    Nice work, nice to see something positive in our community for a change.

  • Gill March 7, 2018 (5:11 pm)

    Thank you, Desmond!

  • Karen Richter March 7, 2018 (5:11 pm)

    I love it- disguises those ugly boxes!!

    • Maria March 7, 2018 (6:00 pm)

      Hmmm, disguises?  I’d say it calls them out.   But that’s a good thing, because most people don’t even know how our infrastructure works.  Now hopefully they can think about those boxes, the art, and how urban life can work together.

        If you want “disguise”  check out the wrapped utility boxes in Old Town San Diego.  They are fun and blend in.

  • jtd18 March 7, 2018 (5:24 pm)

    I noticed these on my way home tonight and it made me smile.  So talented!!

  • MJ March 7, 2018 (5:44 pm)

    Desmond looking good; and hopefully the graffiti artists will respect this work.

    • Chuck March 8, 2018 (10:53 am)

      That is my hope as well–that the punks walk right on past. Those boxes seemingly get hit daily with graffiti, and this is such a huge improvement. I wonder if coordinated with/approved by the city? I’d hate for THEM to whitewash his lovely work. Nice going Desmond!

  • Michelle March 7, 2018 (6:28 pm)

    That is awesome!!  Its nice to read something so positive and nice for our neighborhood.  Thank-You Desmond.

  • Swede. March 7, 2018 (6:44 pm)

    Saw the Jimi one on may way to work. Great with public art like this! 

  • Ajwren March 7, 2018 (8:09 pm)

    I walked to Thriftway this afternoon. As I was waiting to cross California I was mystified by the reflection of Jimi in the window at the pizza place on the corner. It’s so beautifully done. Thank you!

  • ANW March 7, 2018 (8:30 pm)

    Gorgeous work! Thank you for your contribution! 

  • Ws res March 7, 2018 (8:36 pm)

    I noticed them on my way home tonight. I love the community artwork that we have in west seattle. Thanks Desmond!

  • Sillygoose March 7, 2018 (8:43 pm)

    We were elated when driving up Graham Street and spotting the wonderful art on the box. Wonderful Thank You we LOVE IT!πŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™

  • Steve March 7, 2018 (8:45 pm)

    There should always be a spot for Hendrix. Nice.

  • BettytheYeti March 7, 2018 (10:54 pm)

    Love it.  Makes  me love West Seattle even more!

  • CanDo March 8, 2018 (12:19 pm)

    Stuck at the light by the Jimi Hendrix box yesterday and my dog (in the car) barked furiously at the box.  Apparently the art is very lifelike –  a tribute to the artist!  I like these painted boxes!

  • emcat8 March 8, 2018 (1:14 pm)

    Oh, I walk by here almost every day, I’m so looking forward to seeing this! It will definitely make the walk more picturesque–thank you, Desmond!

  • Desmond March 8, 2018 (1:43 pm)

    Thank you all! I enjoyed painting this portrait. I plan on doing more in the future. I have ideas for a Bruce Lee, Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain, Lane and more. If you see me out working on one feel free to take pictures and shoot me a thumbs up. Nothing feels better than making these old dingy boxes look better for the community. Thanks!!!

    • Roxanne March 13, 2018 (9:03 pm)

      Love that something so meaningful to our city, such as these amazing artists, is being immortalized by another, clearly, talented artist.  Keep it coming Desmond, we are all looking forward to your future works!! :-)

  • Crazy Specialist March 8, 2018 (1:56 pm)

    Love it,  nice work.

  • Alki resident March 8, 2018 (4:19 pm)

    This story didn’t mention Desmond is Randy Hansons son. He’s an amazing artist and musician. Incredible job Graves. 

  • Andros March 8, 2018 (10:36 pm)

    I saw this when it was going down and was really happy to see it. It’s freaking amazing!  

  • Rob b March 11, 2018 (12:03 am)

    Amazing!! Please do some up on the north end – Admiral and alki! 

  • S March 13, 2018 (5:29 pm)

    Drove by Cornell this evening
    Thanks @desmondhansenart

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