WEST SEATTLE ART: Another signal-box portrait by Desmond Hansen

Thanks for the photo! A reader sent us that as artist Desmond Hansen worked on his newest signal-box portrait this afternoon, this time at Fauntleroy/Avalon. (Thanks also to the person who sent a text-only tip earlier; we subsequently passed the scene but were unable to get a photo.) If somehow you don’t recognize the faces, they are the Seattle rock ‘n’ roll sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. They’re the first women in Hansen’s set of tributes; he had said on Instagram that he had “a bunch of female icons coming up.”

20 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE ART: Another signal-box portrait by Desmond Hansen"

  • Yma February 17, 2019 (7:08 pm)

    Yay!we saw him at work earlier today & wondered what it would be. So glad there’s some female representation. I do live seeing these.

  • Stuart February 17, 2019 (7:17 pm)

    This guy rocks! Love his urban artwork making w sea even cooler !

  • Oakley34 February 17, 2019 (7:31 pm)

    So cool.  I was also happy to see he restored the damage on the Bruce Lee box.

    • Andros February 19, 2019 (11:43 am)

      Agreed.  He stuff is brilliant.  He’s making W. Seattle a great art city.

  • fauntleroyguy February 17, 2019 (9:00 pm)

    Woo hoo! So happy to see Ann & Nancy Wilson!!They RAWK!

  • sdkellis@yahoo.com February 17, 2019 (9:17 pm)

    Where is this located ?.

    • WSB February 17, 2019 (9:30 pm)

      Fauntleroy and Avalon, as mentioned. East side of the intersection. By the Starbucks/Taco Time sign. Here’s the Google Street View of the site.

  • PDiddy February 17, 2019 (9:41 pm)

    I love this guys work minus the Layne Staley one. I would have preferred the man in the box look which is the Layne I remember. The latter one just reminds me of the downward spiral. Still love seeing these everywhere.

  • Mj February 17, 2019 (10:02 pm)

    The art work is great.  Inquiry: is Desmond doing the work for exposure or getting some compensation? 

    • WSB February 17, 2019 (10:15 pm)

      He is still crowdfunding.

    • DL February 18, 2019 (12:39 am)

      As someone who worked professionally in art with the man (music) he is a complete and talented and dedicated artist. I’m sure he’s doing this for the love and everything else is fruits of his labor. Enjoy and share with the world! His music is great as well, he goes by Graves33

  • m February 18, 2019 (12:35 am)

    I love Desmond’s prolific work and the vibe it brings to our community. Makes me smile every time I pass one of his boxes. It’s great to see some women portrayed and to hear he has more in store for us. Thank you, WSB, for posting his crowdfunding site. 

  • flimflam February 18, 2019 (5:54 am)

    well thank goodness there is one with women on it so folks can subtract one thing from their complaint list – i hope the artist did so on his own volition and not because of outside pressure.

  • Swede. February 18, 2019 (8:19 am)

    It’s great to see these around the hood! Street art is fun. 

  • Jennie February 18, 2019 (10:50 am)

    woot woot! Awesome! Thanks, Desmond!!

  • Junction Lady February 18, 2019 (8:11 pm)

    Finally a female portrayed on one of these structures…The artwork is amazing!  Is it possible we could enjoy a flower, still life, or a garden scene as a subject in the future? I have appreciation for the musicians  featured; however I’d rather see a nature scene on a daily basis.    

    • WSB February 18, 2019 (8:20 pm)

      The artist already has a box of flowers. Under the west end of the bridge.

    • Mike February 19, 2019 (6:13 am)

      There’s quite a bit of mural art around the city that ranges in subject matter.  Most is associated with https://urbanartworks.org/ who has an incredible talent pool of artists.  https://www.weirdocult.com/ is my favorite

  • msea February 19, 2019 (8:39 pm)

    My first ever concert was Heart which my best friend and I snuck out of her house for at our supposed sleep-over. We drank strawberry wine coolers and smoked kutas and made out with older boys. It was the riskiest thing I’ve ever done and I think that seared their music onto my teen brain. THANK YOU Desmond for bringing back that great memory :-) 

    • WSB February 19, 2019 (9:24 pm)

      I saw them as a teenager too … very long ago and very far away, in Las Vegas as a school-newspaper arts reviewer – they were the opening act for Jefferson Airplane/Starship and I clearly remember writing that they outshone the headliners!

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