Kirkland TV: Currently Kirkland – #274 – Mural Art on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

Kirkland TV: Currently Kirkland – #274 – Mural Art on the Cross Kirkland Corridor


The questions asked are actually really
what I hope people kind of think about when they’re looking at art. I think what
art does for a lot of people is that it helps them kind of take a breath from
their chaotic life. There’s kind of two purposes of art in my opinion one is
what the artist has to say but more importantly its what the what the viewer
interprets from that and what it says to the viewer at the end of the day. The
Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission selected creative duo Jake decoy Wagner
and Mike Lucero for the first community mural project on the Cross Kirkland
Corridor. The mural is located underneath the 85th Street bridge right near the
trails first piece of permanent art, Spikes by Merrily Dicks.
The many people running and walking and biking on the trail will be inspired by
not only this piece but by Merrily’s piece as well and more pieces to come.
Well you know thankfully we had two really inspired people to sit down and
talk to. They really had such a clear vision for what they wanted to do really
long before we had any vision. They sat down and had a very good idea and we saw some of their work and fell in love with it right away and we knew that we had
the perfect place for it to rest. We both had the same vision wanted to paint the
wall then the call came out and it was kind of just a sign that we needed to do
it and both my Mike and I worked on the overall idea kind of big picture of that
and then I just dived into the design of it. It took two weeks to complete the
project. During that time the community was invited to make their own mark on
the mural. Kind of the fun twist was we had to bring in a community piece and we
just kind of you know riffed back and forth on some ideas on this notion of
essentially crowd sourcing the, you know some of the art from the people. I think
it’s wonderful I think the best part is the community
filling in all their expressions of loving Kirkland. It makes you think about
the message that you put down more so. There’s this really neat interaction
when groups of people came up and came up with one set of words, how that came
together and how they sort of produced their their their contribution so for me
that was like a thing that I wasn’t expecting and that was I thought was
really special. A little old lady she was like you know probably in her 70s and
she come walks up to me and she kind of had this like demeanor that I would
thought she was gonna say something that she didn’t like it or why are you doing
this and she comes up she puts her hand on my shoulder and she’s like you are a
true blessing I was just like oh wow that’s awesome. Both artists have lived
in Kirkland and were inspired by the locations urban, tech and wild landscapes. It’s very representative of what’s actually on the trail. I’m up on the wall
and I’m really just kind of you know for lack of better terms throwing paint
around and when I get off the lift there’s a couple things I’m doing and
stepping back to see how it’s gonna look for me, for the picture that’s gonna be
taken and how the viewer is gonna see it. I’m happy and pleased with what I’m
doing so I just want to look at it myself you know and then I take pictures throughout the process and I’ll go home
and just stare at you know stare at the picture. I’m not a mastermind behind the
scenes mixing all my colors it’s always just kind of organically happening at
the wall, on average I would say there’s like five different colors within that
one color from light to dark. It’s a layering process of the amount that you
use. When I walk away from the wall I don’t really check out like I’m still
thinking about what I need to do next. It was really important them to be creating
on a larger scale and surprisingly the larger you go the more intimate the
space feels so as a viewers coming through it actually encompasses and
brings them in and gets them more of a cozier feeling
within the art and it’s just creates a really wonderful colorful enriching
space. Funding for the project was provided by 4 culture an organization
that supports the arts around King County. Every time they run by or walk by
they’re gonna slow down and see their, I did that you know. I see people doing it
now like they’ll stop and I saw that they like wrote on it and they’ll kind of
point… Thank you yeah I just wanted to thank everybody
involved “Daddy” everybody was “Let paint a mural on that wall” ok that that walls next. I did not tell him to say
that I promise. I think I think Jake’s son said it all and we’d love to have
that wall done by them. That might that might be a project in the near future
that’d be great.

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