As the Aurora Avenue neighborhood struggles to stay competitive and clean and safe, neighborhood groups have banded together to beautify the area.
Sustainable Green Lake, Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN) and the City of Seattle envision Aurora as a street full of thriving businesses and shoppers – one with a vibrant business center that attracts local residents to walk and bike to stores and restaurants for their weekly shopping and entertainment. To encourage this, a temporary installation of artwork is being placed in the windows of an empty storefront at 7615 Aurora Ave. N. A second location is being sought.
Created by a local team of artists, the new mural features the theme “Awake to a New Aurora” with a vibrant scene transitioning from green space to a rising sun backdropped with the view of the downtown cityscape as you go over Aurora Bridge.
Here’s one of the mural’s six panels.
Zach Bohnenkamp, John Osgood and Kevin Sullivan from Seattle Mural Art, a local muralist team whose most recent work was installed next to Taproot Theatre after the arsons, have been commissioned for the new Aurora murals.
“This is a great project bringing together artists, community groups and businesses to improve Aurora,” Andy Leong, property owner of 7615 Aurora Ave. N., said in a press release.
Here’s the mural in progress.
The mural’s unveiling is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. Meet the artists and fellow neighbors and enjoy free pizza and soda.