Tacoma Dome's test run could pave way for Warhol flower

Tacoma News TribuneJune 11, 2014 

The Tacoma Dome envisioned with an Andy Warhol flower design.


Artist Andy Warhol’s idea to decorate the Tacoma Dome with a brilliant bloom fizzled in 1982. Thirty-two years later, the design could begin to blossom.

City officials applied a test patch of adhesive film to the top of the Dome Tuesday. In a few months they will check to see how it is faring against the summer sun and fall moisture.

The test also examines whether the film will harm the Dome’s exterior fabric layer.

A rough estimate puts the cost of a full-Dome wrap at a little more than $2 million. City Councilman David Boe said if the test passes muster, a private group would have to raise money to install the flower.

“To have the largest Warhol piece of art in the world would be quite a coup,” Boe said.

He said the Warhol Foundation also wants to know how the test goes.

“They wouldn’t want something to be done that doesn’t meet their standards,” he said.

A couple of mockups done by the city in recent years show the flower in both its original orange and yellow version and in an alternate blue and white color scheme.

City arts administrator Amy McBride said Warhol proposed the yellow version for the five-acre Dome but said in his submission he said he would consider different colors.

“With Mr. Warhol no longer with us, that will be something we will have to negotiate with the foundation,” McBride said. “We did a mockup of another color just to mess around with it.”

Kate Martin: 253-597-8542 kate.martin@thenewstribune.com @KateReports

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