Spaceworks Tacoma, an organization that utilizes empty storefronts and vacant spaces for no- and low-cost temporary art spaces, has just announced two new murals underway at the corner of South 11th and Market Street in downtown.
A long mural consisting of 10 large panels will run down South 11th St. Designed by Chelsea O’Sullivan, the piece (called “Turn on Spring”) is intended to inject some color into the looming clouds’ grey hue and liven up downtown’s skyline.
The mural on Market Street, designed by Diana Leigh Surma, is entitled “Show Your Stripes.” An intricate design of abstract shapes, geometric shapes in bold colors overlap on different planes, stretching across the wall. These shapes—which were painted with the help of students from Seabury Middle School—are meant to signify the interwoven past and present in the city, adding a forward thinking design to this classic building.
The two murals are each designed to activate the intersection, prevent vandalism, and foster creativity in the Tacoma community. Throughout Spaceworks’ history, it has fostered 84 large scale art installations, murals, and videos, and given purpose to various vacant storefronts in downtown.