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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Currently Hanging

posted by on August 28 at 10:00 AM

Work began yesterday on the Monique Lofts Mural project, next to Value Village on 11th Avenue (very close to our offices). Here’s a shot from the start of the work late yesterday, forwarded to me by a bystander (thank you, Ryan!) who happened to catch it:

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I’ve been looking forward to this, but my only question is: Are they covering up all the ghost signage? I sincerely hope not.

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Ahh, I was wondering why people were fitting harnesses outside of Value Village yesterday.

Posted by bemaha | August 28, 2008 10:14 AM
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You want to keep all that weathered paint advertising long dead businesses? Why?

NKO is one of the most thoughtful artists currently working on the streets of Seattle, I'm hoping he completely obliterates that faded and useless signage and replaces it with something new and beautiful.

Posted by Gurldoggie | August 28, 2008 10:47 AM
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No, I don't want to keep it intact. I just like art better when it takes into account the history of the place where it's at. Context. That sort of thing.

Posted by Jen Graves | August 28, 2008 10:54 AM
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@3 Me too.

Posted by it'smarkmitchell | August 28, 2008 11:27 AM
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I agree with preserving context when it's meaningful, but the importance of a decades-old service station ad eludes me. What's the history you want to preserve? It's not like it's a stop on the underground railroad - it's just a place people used to get their oil changed. To me it doesn't seem like anything worth preserving.

I'm not being facetious, just trying to understand how you're defining "history." I had the same problem with the folks fighting to save the Ballard Denny's. It's a concept of history that makes little sense to me.

Posted by Gurldoggie | August 28, 2008 11:54 AM
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Are those the Original Monique lofts?

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 28, 2008 12:18 PM
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@5: I hear you, but how do you determine what's meaningful or not? An ad for a long-gone service station may not interest you, but maybe it has to do with changes in the neighborhood. Or the circumstances that gave these artists permission on this wall while forbidding them from plenty of other walls in the city. I don't know the history of this particular wall, or even this particular block, even though I work here. It's just that when artists aren't working on a tabula rasa white sheet of paper, I want to hear their perspective on which histories they're emphasizing and which they're leaving out. I'll make a point of asking these guys, as soon as I can get off deadline!

Posted by Jen Graves | August 28, 2008 1:30 PM
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@Jube: They aren't but I think that I should get one since they are using MY name.

Also, I totally would live there because:

1) They are really cool
2) It's just science. I should live there.

Anyone want to help for a 'bring Monique to Monique' fund?

Posted by Original Monique | August 28, 2008 2:36 PM
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no, we're not covering the ghost signage.

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