WEST SEATTLE ART: New signal-box portrait, different artist

(WSB photos)

That’s the newest signal-box portrait in West Seattle – local-raised Hollywood legend Frances Farmer, on the California/Alaska corner outside Easy Street Records. This time, the artist is Son Duong, who painted the box today:

He told WSB that the plan had been in the works for a few weeks, and today was the day he came down from his home base in Monroe to do the painting. He has another portrait outside of Easy Street, this one of Chris Cornell:

Inside Easy Street there’s another Frances Farmer tribute, as reported here in 2016.

26 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE ART: New signal-box portrait, different artist"

  • Yma August 14, 2019 (5:52 pm)

    Thank you to these artists! Different styles are wonderful.

  • Mj August 14, 2019 (5:59 pm)


  • NH August 14, 2019 (6:19 pm)

    Beautiful! (I thought Frances Farmer was from Indianapolis IN)? Thank you for such a lovely portrait💜

    • WSB August 14, 2019 (6:41 pm)

      Her story is linked above (https://www.historylink.org/File/5058)
      She’s buried in Indianapolis. Family move to WS when she was a little girl. She graduated from WSHS.

  • Nw mama August 14, 2019 (7:12 pm)

    REALLY happy to see a different artist take on the electrical box! 

  • West Seattle since 1979 August 14, 2019 (7:39 pm)

    These are great!

  • m August 14, 2019 (8:00 pm)

    So great to see the work of two talented artists on West Seattle’s signal boxes!

  • NW August 14, 2019 (8:00 pm)

    They should do one of me I am a legend in these parts. If you all only knew!

  • KD August 14, 2019 (9:03 pm)

    I wish someone would do local guy, radio stations DJ, and went national and producer of early day Hip Hop and Rap, Filipino heritage Nasty ‘Nes’ Rodriquez! 

  • Nikki C August 14, 2019 (9:09 pm)

    More art everywhere!

  • Paul August 14, 2019 (9:30 pm)

    I love this! 

  • Onion August 15, 2019 (6:30 am)

    I nominate Dyan Cannnon, who also graduated from West Seattle High.

    • newnative August 15, 2019 (9:04 am)

      haha, I mentioned that to The Boyfriend last night and he was very confused. I said, She went to WSHS and was the Hi-Yu Queen! 

  • anonyme August 15, 2019 (7:02 am)

    Great choice!

  • momosmom August 15, 2019 (7:27 am)

     I would like to see from either artist a picture of when our Japanese Americans were interned…something that should NEVER happen again. 

    • Mike August 15, 2019 (5:59 pm)

      Holy out of left field Batman.

  • Cranky Westie August 15, 2019 (7:34 am)

    Beautiful  tribute to a fascinating former West Seattleite.

  • thee August 15, 2019 (7:53 am)

    RIchard Hugo next!

  • Next up August 15, 2019 (9:17 am)

    I nominate goodspaceguy. Seattle legend!

  • anonyme August 15, 2019 (1:26 pm)

    I nominate Chief Seattle’s daughter, Princess Angeline.

  • ScubaFrog August 15, 2019 (1:47 pm)

    A good lowrider mural or Seattle hip hop mural — maybe Kid Sensation w/ a  kitted big body Benz (beats from the trunk), or Sir Mix-a-Lot on Broadway with the posse shadowed out.Whoever/whatever he murals, that man is A1 talent.

    • ttt August 15, 2019 (3:44 pm)

      There is a signal box with Sir Mix a lot on 35th.

    • ~Hockeywitch~ August 15, 2019 (7:46 pm)

      Was also going to mention Mix on 35th… across the Neighborcare/Library.

  • PracticalMan August 15, 2019 (3:40 pm)

    Personally, i’d like an electrical box and grid that doesn’t crap out so often. But as long as it looks pretty, I guess that will suffice.

    • WSB August 15, 2019 (4:07 pm)

      These are boxes that control traffic signals, not the electricity grid/supply.

  • ttt August 15, 2019 (3:46 pm)

    I love the Chris Cornell painting. I am hoping they never change it. I also love all the signal box paintings. I love that we have a lot of art in WS!

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