Mural Project Edmonds has begun installing its first mural on the south-facing wall of Sound Styles at the corner of Main Street and 5th Avenue.
According to spokeswoman Rachel Dobbins, Mural Project Edmonds first had to eradicate the former mural in that location — a vinyl overlay that had started to chip and peel. Removing the adhesive proved to be tricky and took some time and research to fully accomplish, she said.
Next in the process was choosing a muralist. Over 20 qualified muralists from Washington and Oregon applied, and Mural Project Edmonds — a committee of Art Walk Edmonds — selected Gig Harbor artist Jake Wagoner. “With a long history in the art world, and over six years of experience in murals, Wagoner’s background in environmental graphic design and mural art proved that he could build genuine connections between the site, the art, and the viewer,” Dobbins said.
“I feel artwork should have meaning,” said Wagoner. “On top of being beautiful, it should inspire the people that see it. Be it by merely brightening their day, young artists wanting to get better and do bigger things, or having a deeper meaning that would help change the world.”
Installation began with preparing the wall for the painting process. The artist and Mural Project Edmonds anticipate it will take one to two weeks to complete the final design, depending on the weather.
So, what is the final design, you ask? Although Mural Project Edmonds would like to leave the final reveal as a surprise, chairperson Denise Cole promises that it captures the pure spirit of Edmonds. “Make sure and take a look at all the details – they form a rich tapestry that, as a whole creates a cohesive image that is truly inspiring,” she said.
One more mural is in the works for 2018 — located across the street on the east side of Mar•Ket Fish Mongers. That mural is going through permitting right now and should be installed in early to mid-October.
Mural Project Edmonds plans to develop a few new murals each year. Building owners and businesses who are interested in a mural next year should contact Art Walk Edmonds at email@example.com.
The overall goal is to bring professional-level, well-planned artistry to Edmonds and to fit appropriately into the chosen space. The murals are funded through money raised by Art Walk Edmonds’ Summer Wine Walks, as well as donations and partial sponsorships by building owners.