UPDATE: Artists finish West Seattle Junction’s Black Lives Matter street mural

11:05 AM: Happening right now at California/Alaska – art!

(WSB photos)

As we’ve previewed, today is the day 9 artists commissioned by West Seattle Art for Social Justice are finishing the Black Lives Matter street mural.

They’re working in two shifts – 9 to 11 and 11 to 1 – so they can safely distance while painting. Artists including two family groups were working during our first stop, at the west and east ends.

The mural creation, in partnership with the West Seattle Junction Association, WS Art Walk, and WS Farmers’ Market – is crowdfunded, to compensate the artists as well as to pay for the supplies and to fund future maintenance.

The artists are:
Adonis Piper
Gloria Cropper
Jasmine Iona Brown
Jaymin Brown
Jolyn GC
Lashanna Williams
Raquel Stewart
Saiyana Suzumura
Vanessa Musonwa

Each artist was assigned one or two letters and artistic license to paint them. Organizer Stevie Kramer says it’ll be complete no later than 2 pm so it’ll be dry before the farmers’ Market barricades come down at 4 pm. We’ll be going back for updates.

12:33 PM: Just back.

We’ll return one more time to see the finished mural.

3:56 PM: A few closeups:

Still to come … the list of which artist did which letter(s), plus a video tour of the entire mural (the SDOT traffic camera is unfortunately turned the wrong way for an overview). ADDED: Here it is:

13 Replies to "UPDATE: Artists finish West Seattle Junction's Black Lives Matter street mural"

  • Ali July 26, 2020 (12:36 pm)

    That looks beautiful. I love that this is happening in our community 🖤

  • nofoe July 26, 2020 (12:55 pm)

    This is great. There is a lot of work to do. I’ll be watching my reps to make sure the city/county/state fully transforms the justice system and related services to justly serve the community. I’ve read a lot of comments worried about the budget cuts and I think that’s the wrong framing. Maintaining the status quo, and worrying first about the SW precinct says we’re OK with a skewed system. I know many officers do great work most of the time. But the system is still rotten, and needs to be remade.

  • Melinda J-S July 26, 2020 (4:36 pm)

    BRAVO!  Looks fabulous!

  • Mike L July 26, 2020 (5:42 pm)

    Looks great!  I assume this is all permitted by the city.  Can other organizations apply for street murals too?

  • Orcakid July 26, 2020 (6:29 pm)

    ❤️ So wonderful! ❤️

  • LJJ July 26, 2020 (7:50 pm)

    Thank you, artists, for all of your work!! 

  • Highpoint Mom July 26, 2020 (10:15 pm)

    I hope they’re able to seal this properly so the colors don’t get dulled like the CH one.Any idea if the artists will sell prints of their work (individual letters and all together)?

  • HappyOnAlki July 26, 2020 (11:11 pm)

    Love it! Thank you for your hard work and talent, artists!

  • 22blades July 26, 2020 (11:20 pm)

    Great work!

  • Lisa July 27, 2020 (10:01 am)

    Saw this this weekend…love it!!! Thank you artists!

  • Beth July 27, 2020 (10:57 am)

    So cool! Are there plans to photo & concert art for screen printing t-shirts?

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