World-Renowned Muralists Paint SODO Track
25 international and local artists to further transform the busway south of Downtown Seattle
This summer, 25 artists from around the nation and the world—Seattle to London, Tacoma to Tokyo, Portland to Paris, Mexico City and more—will be painting side by side to add murals to this emergent, free and accessible urban art gallery. Their work will bring art into the daily experience of over 50,000 people who ride the bus and light rail each weekday along 5th Avenue South, between Royal Brougham Way and South Spokane Street in Seattle WA’s South of Downtown (SODO) neighborhood.
The SODO Track is an icon in the making. It kicked off last year with 12 artists collaborating to paint 9 murals, beginning the transformation of the SODO Busway, a two-mile transit corridor, into the SODO Track, an imaginative raceway of art in motion.
Painting kicks into high gear on Monday, July 24 at 10:00 am. Artists will paint during daytime hours, concluding on Thursday, August 3. A second phase of painting will also happen in September. A total of 15 properties will be painted, located on the SODO Track from just North of Massachusetts Street to South Spokane Street (see map page below).
The public can Tour the Track with artists and Urban ArtWorks youth on Thursday, July 27, 1–2 PM.
Project Curator Gage Hamilton, known for co-organizing Forest for the Trees, the ground breaking mural festival in Portland, distinguishes the SODO Track from other mural projects for its continuous line of sight experienced in motion. Hamilton conceptually divided this year’s painting on the Track into three zones. Figurative paintings will fill the northwest end of the Track, shifting to more geometric, abstract work in the middle, with graphic paintings that weave together figurative, abstract and typographic approaches in the south.
Broken Fingaz (London, England & Haifa, Israel)
Christopher Derek Bruno (Seattle, WA)
Caratoes (Hong Kong via Belgium)
DALeast (South Africa via China)
Paola Delfin (Mexico City, Mexico)
Blaine Fontana (Portland, OR via Bainbridge Island, WA)
Jaque Fragua (Jemez Pueblo, NM)
Damien Gilley (Portland, OR)
Katy Ann Gilmore (Pasadena, CA)
Andrew Hem (Los Angeles, CA via Cambodia)
Christopher Paul Jordan & Kenji Stoll (Tacoma, WA)
Addison Karl (Berlin, Germany via Seattle, WA)
Troy Lovegates (Oakland, CA)
Joe Nix and Baso (Seattle, WA)
Ellen Picken (Spokane, WA)
Cheyenne Randall (Seattle, WA)
Sneke & Hews (Burien, WA + Mukilteo, WA)
Zach Yarrington (Portland, OR)
Zoer & Velvet (Paris, France)
The SODO Track is produced by 4Culture in collaboration with Gage Hamilton and Urban ArtWorks, and in partnership with the SODO BIA and Sound Transit.
Presenting Sponsor: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Patron Sponsors: Gull Industries, The Harold E. Stack Family. Culinary Sponsors: Huxley Wallace Collective, Jones Soda, Ethan Stowell, Brendan McGill and Caffe Vita.