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  huge murals in the South Downtown (SODO) area
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The south side of downtown Seattle has become known as SoDo (SOuth DOwntown), and much of it is industrial land. As seems to always happen with industrial areas, the blank side of the buildings have become a magnet for those spray painting the side of buidlings.

One of the methods of counteracting this problem has been to actually create legal artwork on the side of the buildings to break up the space, and discourage the painting of more stuff on the walls. The unofficial artwork seems less likely to appear on artwork that is already there, rather than on a blank wall.

However, there is still a problem of unofficial, unauthorized spray painting of the side of buildings, and in cases over the top of the official art work.

The murals are concentrated along the bus and light rail corridor leading south from the Seattle Transit Tunnel under downtown Seattle. There is no officially legal way to view most of the murals except by riding a bus or train through the area, as the only pedestrian access is to the several bus stops along the corridor.

The murals are along what would be 5th Avenue, if it were an active numbered street, between Royal Brougham Way and Spokane Street.

Website: http://www.urbanartworks.org/murals/sodo.htm

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  • Written Jan 20, 2010
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