Two miles of wall has been covered with murals by more than 50 different artists. The usually dull train track landscape has been transformed into bright expressions of motion – designed to be viewed from public transport.
Benzikry, the project manager of 4culture, explains ‘most of the murals are completed, and the last wave of artists will paint during the September month.’ These murals are designed to be seen from a public transport perspective, that is somewhat made noticeable in the landscape. Throughout the year in 2016, the average weekday ridership for the busway is approximately 36,000 people and 13,000 people for transport of the Metro bus, according to Sound Transit.
There is a large variety of colourful murals along the 2-mile stretch of railroad. In a recent interview, while on-site, Gage Hamilton, one mural artist, answers the question, ‘How do people look at art differently when they don’t anticipate it?’ Hamilton explains that ‘your visual surroundings affect you a lot. Murals are art you stumble on, something beautiful and thought-provoking, that breaks you out of your thought process.’ Murals are thought to bring a sense of public ownership, with a tracked history of spreading messages among political activists; as well as by many.
The controversy between Graffiti and Art
Graffiti has often been given a bad name through the media and many would want these murals taken down. However, 4Culture has promised to protect all the artists’ work for at least seven years and with belief, Benzikry says that they ‘want this place to feel like it’s loved, like it’s well-tended.’ For infrequent visitors and travellers, Benzikry mentions that they’ll be surprised and wowed by what they see in the landscape; if they glance in the right moment that is.
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