By the end of the coming weekend, Stone Avenue N between N 80th Street and Green Lake Drive N will be adorned with a beautiful “Water Swirls” street mural. On Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 25, Stone Avenue N between N 80th Street and Green Lake Drive N will be closed each day to traffic from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. while the community paints the Water Swirls design on the pavement. In order to prepare the “street canvas,” on Saturday the street will be pressure washed, and brush-scrubbed. On Sunday the design will be chalked in, painted and dried.
Truly a collaborative effort, the street mural comes alive after over a year of planning. On behalf of Sustainable Greenlake, Megan Horst and Pennie O’Grady proposed the street mural and coordinated with Sarah Buehler Neill, Operation Director of the adjacent Bethany Community Church, and the neighboring community. Residents, including City Repair Consultant Cheryl Klotz, attended several meetings and selected the water theme (which includes little bees). The theme was chosen to honor and reflect nearby Green Lake, the adjacent Daniel Bagley Elementary School “Bagley Bees,” and the surrounding neighborhood. The water theme also alludes to Bethany Community Church’s annual campaign to provide funds for clean water projects in Uganda. Artist Andrea Moon created the final design.
Up to 200 residents and church-goers are expected to join in and lend a hand to the painting effort. During the work, there will also be educational tables set up on the street providing information about all things water – including rainwater harvesting, rain-gardens and bio swales.
The mural is funded by the city’s Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund and a Small and Simple grant. The Neighborhood Traffic section of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has provided oversight and coordination.