GO Arts: Two new Spaceworks murals going up in downtown Tacoma brighten up rainy skies

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 26, 2014 

An artist team paints a new mural going up now at South 11th and Market streets in Tacoma.

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Two new Spaceworks murals currently being painted onto a vacant building on the corner of South 11th and Market Streets, Tacoma, are designed to brighten up gray spring skies. The murals, painted onto panels on the exterior of the vacant building, are intended – like the many other murals in the four-year-old program – to deter vandals and inspire community creativity.

Along Market Street, Diana Leigh Surma has laid out a vibrant design of abstract geometric shapes that overlap planes to seemingly shift in the viewer’s eyes – just like the landscape of the city itself.

Down South 11th Street, veteran mural artist Chelsea O’Sullivan is painting a 10-panel mural of hot-pink flowers designed to “explode some color” into the gray drabness of spring skies in a gray downtown skyline.

The non-profit Spaceworks program, which works with the City to put art into vacant commercial spaces, has brought 84 large scale installations, murals and videos, plus performances and other events, to downtown Tacoma. More information: spaceworkstacoma.wordpress.com

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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