Despite the gray and rainy days we've had lately, on Saturday 4/2, the sun knew to beam through the skies onto Spud Fish & Chips where a very cool community project was underway. Each hour a new shift of local volunteers of all ages grabbed their brushes and paint buckets and got to work on the east wall of the building where young Austin Picinich's salmon mural was outlined and color-coded. I saw families, city council members, students, dogs, and toddlers slapping paint alongside elders (that were making me nervous on those ladders). Everyone pitched in, thanks to Austin who came up with this idea during a week-long leadership summit where he wanted to create "a public art project to brighten up the community." And that he did!
Austin teamed up with Urban Artworks on this project that helped raise awareness for our local salmon while bringing our friendly and artfully adventurous citizens together to work on a common goal. Juanita Creek is nearby and classified as a salmon-spawning creek. While many of us think of the sockeye, chinook, and coho, the Kokanee salmon (depicted in the mural) were previously thought to be extinct in Lake Washington until recently. This is a meaningful and timely reminder to reduce our pollution footprint, volunteer or donate to local organizations that are making a difference, or volunteer to become a SalmonWatcher yourself!
The mural turned out fabulous- the colors really pop! And it was inspiring to see how 160+ volunteers each contributed their own brushstrokes to make this come to life. I'm sure you can spot my sharp painting skills... I worked on the blue letters of the 'Spud Fish & Chips' logo on the food container. Very detailed. Laser focus. Just kidding, I'm sure Austin had to go touch up my work afterward (thanks Austin!).
Now with the Save Our Salmon mural complete, I'm thinking an " I Eat Trucks" mural for the truck-eating bridge on Kirkland Ave should be next?? Just sayin'.