A new, energy-packed mural bursts from the western wall of the Chef Cafe building at 22nd and Jackson. Finished recently, the mural combines images of the neighborhood’s jazz history with a colorful, life-filled collage.
“It’s called ‘Music is Life,'” said Jake Wagoner, who designed the mural with Joseph Brooks.
The mural is the first of several planned along Jackson as part of the ongoing Jackson Street Music History Project, which launched by filling a vacant lot across the street from Washington Middle School with artwork.
The murals are created in conjunction with Urban Art Works, an organization that aims to empowers youth by providing the opportunity for them to help create public art.
Jackson Street Music History Project organizer Ryan Curren said they are still looking for another wall somewhere along Jackson from MLK to 12th. If you manage or own such a wall, get in touch.
You can check out more work by Wagoner at his website Flat Black, and work from Brooks at Facesandstuffdotcom.
Look forward to seeing more murals up on Jackson- very cool.
Incidentally, the folks running Horace Mann recently decided to whitewash the dragon mural they’d inherited. I think the white paint makes a nice canvas for the local 14 year olds to practice their tags.
Urban ArtWorks is looking at completing another Jackson Street Mural in partnership with the Central Seattle Drug Free Communities and King County’s PRI Initiative.
We are hoping to get permission to paint the wall at the mini-mart on 28th and Jackson, just across from Flo Ware Park. This wall is regularly tagged and I have been eyeing it for some time. I have recently returned as the Executive Director (I was founding director in the 90s) of Urban ArtWorks, and you’ll be seeing more murals! (Most of you know me as EastPAC Chair, in which role I will remain as a volunteer…)
Ideas for additional murals are welcome!
Executive Director, Urban ArtWorks
That would be a great wall to paint! This new mural is awesome.