Bus Shelter Mural Program


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Volunteer Projects

Carp Kite

Mural created by the Comstock family
Located at 28th Ave. W & W Blaine St. in Magnolia

Growing up in Honolulu, in the late '50s and '60s, the new state of Hawaii was rich in Pacific and South Pacific cultural and art heritage. One of the cultural impressions that I still enjoy today is the Japanese celebration of "Boys Day"; symbolized by the traditional Carp Kite (what we call a windsock).

Every house and business with boys flew their Carp Kites, tethered on long bamboo poles, from the peaks of their roofs. The father or patriarch would have the largest Carp Kite tethered at the top and highest point of honor. Each son in the household would have a smaller Carp Kite, each descending down in order of age. We would always look around to find who had the most carp kites, because the more carps on your pole, the higher the honor.

The strong and colorful designs of the Carp Kites have ever since been a strong image of growth, camaraderie and masculinity to me. The striking designs seemed a natural and colorful art project to paint with my wife, Erin and two boys, Caleb, 9 and Zach, 4.

The sky was painted to imitate a frothing stream, to play on the imagery of the Carp. On the backside of the bus shelter, three small Carp Kites designed by each boy, fly from long individual bamboo poles, to express and celebrate their own individuality.

The Japanese have a corresponding celebration for the girls, called "The Parade of Dolls."

-- Patt Comstock
Completed Spring 1993


Mural created by Abraham Done
Located at 15th Ave. NE & NE 152nd St. in Shoreline

Eagle Scout Project

Abraham Done and 5 friends that he supervised in order to receive his Eagle Scout badge created this mural. After the installation of this mural, a woman from that neighborhood wrote to the Executive Director of Metro to exclaim, "I am writing because of a "jewel" that has appeared in our neighborhood. Our [bus] shelter has become a beautiful mural of blue skies, mountains, snow, trees and eagles...[I] almost drove into it when I first saw it."

Originally installed in the bus shelter on 8th Ave. NW & NW Richmond Beach Rd. in Shoreline, it is now located on 15th Ave. NE & NE 152nd St. in Shoreline.

Completed Fall 1991


"The Travelers"

Traveling from one place to another. Commuting. Carrying with you what you need. Using available transit wherever you are in the world. Seeing out from within the mode of travel; be it a Metro bus here, an open air truck or bus somewhere else, or a bullet train speeding by the landscape so fast that only the passengers exist for the moment of commute. One measure of a society is how it moves its people from point A to point B, access and availability for all, and how they interact within and between these points.

This is part of a seven bus shelter project in the Kirkland area for teens. A partnership between:
City of Kirkland, Youth Volunteer Corp., Kirkland Art Center, Lake Washington School District and Metro Transit.

Marta Czalpa, High School
Sarah Layrer, High School
Justin Mueller, High School
Jan Martenson, Artist

Completed Winter 1996

The Wetlands

The Wetlands

Mural created by Wedgwood Elementary Students
Located at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle

This mural was created by Wedgwood students enrolled in the Special Needs program's 1st through 3rd grades and students from 5th grade general classes. Each Special Needs student was teamed with a "buddy" from the regular classes to work together on the project. Many of the Special Needs students that created this mural have physical limitations that affect their motor skills and require the use of wheelchairs, limb or head braces and other restrictive equipment.

To bring these students a high level of success, teacher Kathy Titus made stencils for the young students to use in creating the wetlands wildlife. Sponges and small paint rollers were used with the stencils to create color variations and texture in the animals and wetlands habitat. The 5th graders painted the background areas, habitat and details.

"Wetlands are a very important part of living in Seattle and have become an integral focus of our curriculum. We spent many weeks studying the wetlands in the Puget Sound area and the creatures in their habitat.

"Sharing our knowledge with others is the best way to remember what we have learned, so we have painted these murals to share with you, and all those who visit the Woodland Park Zoo, our impressions of life in the wetlands."

Completed Summer 1995

The Cybaerian Sleep

The Cybaerian Sleep

Mural created by Sombre Quartz
Located on SR-520 at Evergreen Point in Seattle

"The Cybaerian Sleep"
is an interpretation
of the growing detachment
of human evolution (technology)
from nature.

Winged Gaeia, now in chains;
once the symbol of faith,
a desire to believe,
has begun to transform
into a digital being.

This suspension has been
a chambre of torment
until her mahogany age
came to an end,
while the silence attempts
>to soften her will
to change the darker sides of fate;

But not even the loneliest hours
of midnight
can deteriorate this heart
of euphoria and metallic lace,
at least not as long
as the technological kings
continue sleeping thru the race.
-- Sombre Quartz

Completed Winter 1999

The Mosaic

The Mosaic

Broken Ceramic Tile Mosaic created by Inglewood Junior High students
Located at the Redmond Park & Ride on NE 83 St in Redmond

This broken ceramic mosaic was designed and created by art students at Inglewood Junior High under the supervision of Artist/Teacher Sarah VanAlstyne.

Using broken tiles, donated by a local tile company, students sorted the colors and set about designing the mosaic based on the variety of footwear available in today's fashion world�a study in the personalities of shoes. Of interest, the students used broken mirrors to create puddles and raindrops, to reflect a little Northwest flavor.

Inside the shelter, the students did a similar study with drinking containers. Starbuck's coffee, tea cups and saucers, mugs, and soda cans create a whimsical parade of favorite Northwest beverages.

Completed Summer 1995



Mural created by Suzan Mason
Located at Bellevue Way NE & NE 20th St. in Bellevue

Kirkland muralist Suzan Mason created these strikingly realistic Giant Sunflowers. "I love painting. I love the thought of just doing my art all the time," says Suzan. "When I started painting this mural, I couldn't stop. It was wonderful."

In the last few years, Suzan Mason's murals have begun blooming in living rooms, bedrooms and nurseries on the Eastside of Lake Washington. Specializing in interior wall murals, she has created various artistic illusions, from storybook kingdoms for toddler rooms to more realistic vistas for living and family spaces.

Completed Winter 1999

Planet Shelter

Mural created by Thumbs Up
Located at S Jackson St & 30th Ave S in Seattle

Planet Shelter

The moon cycle takes 29 days, passing through phases new, crescent, half-gibbous, and full.

How many full moons appear to fit across the ladle of the Big Dipper? Look up to the Big Dipper (it's up over across the street to the north then see the full moon. Can you tell?

You can use your outstretched hand like in the picture to guess when the bus is coming. In an hour a star seems to move from your thumb to your little finger. Try it. It is actually us and the Earth doing the moving.

You can see craters on the moon with binoculars or a small telescope. Try it.

For more clues on what to see in our night sky contact the Seattle Astronomical Society or check out the Astronomy magazines in the library.

-- Brogan Thomsen

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up is a small community volunteer group. We do projects that involve "Fun Work" (what a concept). If it's got art, fun and food we like it.

Completed Fall 1993



Mural created by B.E.S.T. High School students
Located on SR-520 at the Montlake Overpass in Seattle

A solitary peacock stands guard like a sentinel over the pathway to fantastical landscapes, a sweeping vista beyond the portals of architecture seemingly left by some ancient civilization. Painted in the Trompe d'oil (deceive the eye) style, students at B.E.S.T., an alternative high school in Kirkland, learned and applied prospective design and "faux" finishes to create walls and columns of polished stone and the vista that looks beyond reality. The pathway, like the Yellow Brick Road in the Wizard of Oz, beckons the viewer to take that one step beyond.

The art students and Art teacher Mia Arends got the opportunity to travel to Russia to study architecture during the course of this project.

Completed Fall 1996

Seattle Now and Then

Seattle Now and Then

Mural created by Art Institute of Seattle students
Located at 2nd Ave. & Spring St. in downtown Seattle

The project is based on old photos of Seattle from Paul Dorpat's books: Seattle Now & Then. We started with a slide show and lecture by Paul to give us a background. Students from the Art Institute of Seattle then picked out photos to work from that would make simple, bold, small murals paintings with an old fashioned look by using a limited color scheme of black, white, & sepia tones for the old scenes and color for the "now" examples.

Completed Winter 1999



Mural created by Ballard Manor Retirement Residence seniors and "Seniors Making Art"
Located at NW Market St & Ballard Ave. NW in Ballard

This is a project organized by Seniors Making Art, a non-profit organization bringing art programs to senior citizens. For this project, Seniors Making Art funded artist Quincy Anderson to create a mural with seniors. Seniors living at the Ballard Manor Retirement Residence created this mural. Its simple beauty, large designs and colorful variations make it an interesting and eye-catching stop in downtown Ballard. Seniors Making Art has organized over 30 bus shelter mural projects since 1994.

Completed Winter 1995

Primitive Art

Primitive Art

Mural created by Kellogg Middle School students
Located at N 175th St. & Meridian Ave. N in Shoreline

Wonderful designs of primitive animals display the artwork created and produced by students at Kellogg Middle School. After studying primitive art forms, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to Northwest Coastal Indian form-line art, the students created their own imaginary creatures. The panels were painted to look like textured stone or ancient cedar.

The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Community Development Committee selected the student's depiction of Native American art for the Chamber's Beautification Award in 1991.

Completed Summer 1990



Mural created by UW Medical Center patients
Located at NE Pacific St. & Pacific Pl. NE,
across from the UW Medical Center

Patients staying at the University of Washington Medical Center in early 1992 created this patchwork quilt in purples, lavenders, pinks and reds. UW Medical Center Artist-in-Residence, Diane Erickson designed the concept as an activity for patients that had to come into the hospital for ongoing tests. Most of the people that created the quilt were at the hospital for one to three days, some for a week or more. They could personalize their quilt pieces with symbols, pictures or other decorations. The over-all design and colors reflect the patterns and hues of the surrounding area and complement the brick plaza around the shelter area.

Completed Summer 1992

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Mural created by LDS Young Women's Group
Located at Avondale Rd NE and NE 95th St in Redmond

"In our Young Women's group at Church of Latter Day Saints, we chose the tree to represent our life. The fruit on our tree represents different values we want to incorporate into our lives. We are able to better spread goodness throughout our community.

"This was a fun way to make our mark on the community and plant a tree that represents us."

Completed Summer 1995

Kids and Nature

Kids and Nature

Mural created by Kate Endle
Located at 15th Ave. NW & NW 65th St. in Ballard

My name is Kate Endle and I am the artist responsible for illustrating the bus stop at 65th and 15th NE in Ballard. After growing up in Northeast Ohio I attended Columbus College of Art and Design, majoring in illustration. I am currently living in Seattle, Washington as a freelance illustrator specializing in children's books and educational material.

The nature of my professional work has me illustrating small pieces of artwork. Metro's Bus Shelter Mural Program has allowed me to experiment with my images on a much larger scale. I have been able to play with texture, color, and patterns and combine them with my two favorite subject matters�kids and nature. In addition to being able to experiment with my work in this fashion, I am able to contribute public art to my community.

Metro's Bus Shelter Mural Program is a fantastic opportunity for an individual to make their communities a more interesting place to live, as well as providing artists an alternative way to promote their artwork and ideas. In addition to the bus stop in Ballard, my work can be seen at a stop in downtown Seattle at Denny and Dexter. I am proud to be a part of Metro's bus Shelter Program and look forward to creating more painted bus stops in the future.

Completed Winter 1997

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce

Mural created by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce
Located at 160th St. and Aurora Ave N in Shoreline

This mural was created by members of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce with Shoreline artists Patt and Erin Comstock in December 1995.

Looking across Puget Sound toward the western horizon, a fiery sunset illuminates the majestic Olympic Mountains. The snow-covered peaks loom over the forested lowlands that define our Puget Sound region.

The sea-traffic depicts the diversity of vessels seen everyday on our waters: a tug boat pulling a cargo barge makes it's way towards the Straight of Juan De Fuca, a sailing yacht charts it's way towards Bremerton on a recreational voyage, a Washington State Ferry nears Edmonds from Kingston and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter patrols south toward Seattle.

On the lower panels, we see a cross-section of the sealife found below the surface of Puget Sound.

On the back of this bus passenger shelter, bright and colorful flowers of all sizes and shapes create a mystical, magical fantasy garden.

This mural project is one of many in the Shoreline community sponsored and funded by the Shoreline Arts Council. This project is supported by the King County Council and the King County Arts Commission.

Completed Winter 1995

Commissioned Projects

Messages From Our Elders

© 1993 Caroline Orr & Daniel Glenn, all rights reserved
Medium: Acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with polyurethane clear-coat
Located at Rainier Ave. S. & Seward Park Dr. S. in Seattle

"Messages From Our Elders"
We can interpret messages from our elders from many points of view. Since the native community in Seattle is extremely diverse and scattered, part of this project focused on talking to directors of community centers that specifically serve Native Americans, and leaders and elders living in the region, including the Tribal Chair and Cultural Chair of the Duwamish Tribe.

The storyteller depicted is Upper Skagit Elder Vi Hilbert, recognized storyteller, teacher of the Lushootseed language, and a Washington State Living Treasure. The images in the mural come from the well know story "The Changer", in her text Haboo, Lushootseed Literature in English. It is a story of creation, diversity and working together for change.

The text of the story as it appears on the back side of the shelter is from a different source: Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About, by Margaret Read MacDonald, Linnet Books, 1992.

Caroline Orr is a Native American artist enrolled with the Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington. Daniel Glenn is a Native American artist and architect affiliated with the Crow Tribe of Montana. Both artists reside in Seattle.

The artwork in this bus shelter was commissioned in 1993 by the Metro 1% for Art Program. This commemoration of the county's indigenous people was collaboration with the King County Arts Commission project known as Meeting of Cultures.

Spirit Journey

© 1993 Roger Fernandes, all rights reserved
Medium: Acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with polyurethane clear-coat
Located at College Ave. N. & N. 97th St. in North Seattle

"Spirit Journey"
The images for this mural are drawn from the cultures of the Puget Salish Tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast. These tribes are often overlooked in histories of the region and are seldom represented in public art collections. The art of these indigenous groups, such as the Duwamish, Snoqualmie, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot, differs considerably from the art of their neighbors to the north.

The six upper panels of the mural are based on housepost figures. They represent human, animal, and supernatural beings that were carved into the support posts of traditional cedar plankhouses. Often the images represented an aspect of the house owner's life. They differ from the more familiar totem poles of the Tlingit or Haida in that they are more naturalistic and do not necessarily depict clan symbols.

The lower panels show my interpretation of the Duwamish/Snoqualmie Spirit Canoe Ceremony. This ceremony was conducted by a shaman who would create a spirit canoe to travel to the spirit world in order to recover the soul of a sick person. The red material bubbling up at nearby Licton Springs was a source of the red pigment used by shaman to paint the spirit panels.

The small paintings on the sides of the shelter are drawn from petro-glyphs created by the ancestors of the Puget Salish people. Petro-glyphs are images carved in rocks and boulders. These paintings show the Spirit Canoe Ceremony, salmon, and the spirits that influenced the lives of the artists.

The back side of the shelter shows a series of basket designs of male and female human figures. Basketry is an art form recognized for its use of traditional materials, such as cedar bark and roots. The basket designs utilize images from nature to create personal and family designs. The geometric "S" shaped pattern represents salmon gills.

Roger Fernandes is a Native American artist whose work focuses on the culture, ceremonies, and beliefs of the Puget Salish tribes. He is an enrolled member of the Lower Elwah S'Klallam Tribe.

The artwork in this bus shelter was commissioned in 1993 by the Metro 1% for Art Program. This commemoration of the county's indigenous people was a Metro collaboration with the King County Arts Commission project known as Meeting of Cultures.

Windows to the Past

© 1993 Susan Point, all rights reserved
Medium: Acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with polyurethane clear-coat
Located at Denny Way & First Ave. N. in Seattle

Windows to the Past
This mural incorporates traditional Coast Salish elements in a contemporary style. The theme of the mural reflects the historical significance of this particular site�that near this shelter Native Americans erected aerial nets for catching ducks. It is said that ducks which were "started up" on Lake Union would always fly over the low place between Queen Anne Hill and what used to be Denny Hill. Duck snares were accordingly set at this point.

The mural consists of two traditional Coast Salish objects�a spindle whorl motif and a weaving motif. The spindle whorl is a disc that acts as a flywheel on a spinning device used to spin and ply mountain goat wool into yarn. The yarn was then woven into blankets, which were important symbols of wealth and prestige. The imagery within the spindle whorl motif depicts a Native American holding a portion of a large aerial net. On top of the net, flanking the human form, are two sawbill ducks.

Each of the mural panels is intended to give the impression that one is looking into a space beyond�a window to the past. On the large upper panel this impression is reinforced with the inclusion of a landscape running across the bottom portion. The landscape of hills and trees represents the way the land once looked. Traditional Coast Salish weaving motifs are integrated into the mural to complement the imagery within the spindle whorl motif.

Susan A. Point is a Coast Salish Indian artist. She was born in 1952 and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She uses the form and meaning found in traditional Coast Salish art to create innovative work in a wide range of mediums. "I feel the role of Native art is to continually evolve, to express the cultural beliefs and changes of its community now and in the future."

The artwork in this bus shelter was commissioned in 1993 by the Metro 1% for Art Program. This commemoration of the county's indigenous people was a Metro collaboration with the King County Arts Commission project known as Meeting of Cultures.

One Beat, One People

© 1995 Ruth Sundheim, all rights reserved
Medium: Acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with polyurethane clear-coat.
Photographic transparencies laminated between glass.
Located at Rainier Ave. S. & S. Fisher St. in Rainier Valley

One Beat, One People

"We live in a rhythmscape in which everything is pulsing in time with everything else. Every atom, every planet, every star is vibrating in a complex dance. We live on planet drum. Thus, the brotherhood and sisterhood of the drum has maintained its beat throughout the ages."
-- Mickey Hart, drummer

The art in the windows used photographic transparencies, laminated between two sheets of tempered safety glass. Many thanks for the "hands on" help of Carletta, Nikki, Kate, Jeannie, Bobbie, Jessica, Bryant, Nelda, Sarok, Phillippia, Vennie, Janis, Kristol, Montrel, Rodney, Megan, Veronique, Brian, Jenny Lyn, Lauren, Bruce and Clare of the Rainier Beach Library.

Keep the beat!

Ruth Sundheim has painted a mural or "rhythmscape" of images drawn from the diverse cultures enriching the Rainier Valley. Repeating colors and patterns play-out a visual rhythm as in music. The handprints symbolize the striking of drums, and the strumming the guitar to create the musical beat. With images from five cultures, the trash receptacle was painted as a multi-faceted drum. Music and color cross all boundaries and call to all people.

This commission was funded by the Metro Arts Program in 1995, in collaboration with the South East Seattle Arts Council.

Note on photographic transparencies in bus shelter windows.
The artwork in the windows of this project was very well received by the community. Unfortunately, the windows at this location lasted only two years before all panels were broken and removed due to vandalism. In other locations artwork in bus shelter windows has lasted longer.

Peace and Unity

© 1995 Terry Furchgott, all rights reserved
Medium: Acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with polyurethane clear-coat.
Photographic transparencies laminated between glass.
Located at Rainier Ave. S. & S. Orcas St. in Rainier Valley

The paintings and window designs on this bus shelter were done by Terry Furchgott, a Seattle artist whose work reflects the beauty and power of Seattle's multicultural population and community. The art in the windows used photographic transparencies, laminated between two sheets of tempered safety glass. The artist would like to thank Seattle Public Schools, in particular, the third grade at Orca Elementary, and the children of the Rainier Valley for their help and inspiration on this project. Two of the children's poems were included in this mural:

Peace by Cecelia Perez
Ocean, reservation
Dancing, singing, story-telling
Fisherman are fishing
Babies crying

Cecilia is a 9 year old and attends third grade at Orca Elementary School. She is Native American of several tribes and spends her summers on a reservation near Spokane with her grandparents.

Unity by Brian Chin
Unity is
Speaking up
For each other
Unity shines yellow
And bright like the sun
The wind of unity
Is strong wind

Brian is 9 years old and attends third grade at Orca Elementary School. His father is from Viet Nam, and his mother is from El Salvador. Brian came to the U.S.A. from El Salvador when he was four years old.

This commission was funded by the Metro Arts Program in 1995, in collaboration with the South East Seattle Arts Council.

Note on photographic transparencies in bus shelter windows.
The artwork in the windows of this project was very well received by the community. Unfortunately, the windows at this location lasted only two years before all panels were broken and removed due to vandalism. In other locations artwork in bus shelter windows has lasted longer.

Bus Stop Jazz

© 1995 John Hilmer, all rights reserved
Medium: Acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with polyurethane clear-coat
Located at 23rd Ave. E. & E. Aloha St. on Capitol Hill in Seattle

Bus Stop Jazz
Seattle artist John Hilmer digs the spirit of jazz. He knows that people in Seattle are lucky to be near so much of it. In addition to painting, Hillmer works as a freelance artist for clients like Earshot Jazz and the Seattle Children's Museum. He also teaches (and is taught by) kids at Madrona elementary's Art After School Program.

This artwork was one of 13 murals commissioned by the Metro Arts Program in 1995.


© 1996 Nubia Owens, all rights reserved
Medium: Acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with polyurethane clear-coat
Located in front the University of Washington Medical Center
on NE Pacific St. in Seattle

Creatures of nature, humanity is unavoidably subject to the laws of nature. The realities of life and all its problems, troubles and triumphs invade human experience, becoming our experience. Pain, suffering, death, love, joy and life; work, play and moments of spiritual transcendence; whatever the situation, nature always manages to slip into the portraits of our lives and claim its rights. We are all creatures of nature. The artist cannot deny this, even if one's work is in the abstract, all things point back to roots which hold the secrets of origins. Healing and happiness are products of being at peace with the human situation where beauty and cruelty are often very close together.

The shapes and forms are "biomorphic," relating to organic life and reflecting human anatomy. The lyrical effects and poetic imagery speak of the regenerative energies of the earth, the source and destiny of the human body. People sitting and standing near the painting become a part of this garden creation. My hope is that they will draw closer to their own beliefs and examine their own concepts of existence and higher living. Consider that there is hope of life rooted in the earth never forgotten by its creator.

Seattle artist Nubia Owens was commissioned by the Metro Arts Program to create this mural for its unique location in front of the University Medical Center. Members of the University Medical Center Arts Committee were involved in the review of the design prior to the painting of the art work. Nubia is a graduate from the Master of Arts Program at the University of Washington.

This artwork was one of 13 murals commissioned by the Metro Arts Program in 1995.

Stamp Quilt

© 1995 Ross Beecher Palmer and residents of Bailey Boushey House,
all rights reserved
Medium: Acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with polyurethane clear-coat
Located at E. Madison St. & 14th Ave. on Capital Hill in Seattle

Bailey-Boushay House Project
Friends, partners, clients and staff at Bailey-Boushay House created this mural of 55 world-class postage stamps expressing love, creativity, wildlife and cultural diversity. Some of these postage stamps are true copies of real stamps, while others were created by individuals as stamps they'd like to see.

We at Bailey-Boushay House wanted bus riders to see the diversity of ideas and people that have painted these postage stamps. People, like stamps, each have there own individual beauty and interest. When placed next to each other to work together, they can add texture and spontaneity that create a larger over-all design.

These stamps are like quilt blocks. Each person painted a stamp next to another stamp painted by someone else, both building and adding color and contrast to each others beauty and individualism by giving harmony, unity and balance to the whole creation.
--Artist Ross Beecher

This artwork was one of 13 murals commissioned by the Metro Arts Program in 1995.

Odyssey Tile Project

© 1992 NW Latchkey kids, all rights reserved
Medium: Ceramic tile
Located at 15th Ave. NW & NW 75th St. in Seattle

Odyssey Tile Project
This tile project was created by artists working with kids in a NW Latchkey summer program. As part of their project, the kids traveled by Metro bus to other neighborhoods in Seattle, met kids from other backgrounds, and recorded their experiences in this tile mural. Every trip of their 'Odyssey' started and ended at this bus shelter.

This project and artwork were commissioned by the Metro Arts Program in 1992.

Silence of the Frogs

© 1997 Annie Kwok, Bill Sullivan, Marsha McAllister, Susan Boyce, all rights reserved
Medium: Recycled plastic, burnt wood etching,
porcelain mosaic, oil pastel
Located at 10th Ave. E. & E. Galer St. in Seattle

"Silence of the Frogs"

What happened to the frogs?

The grass bends
as he passes over it.
The water dents
as she jumps in it.
But is it the earth
That silences their songs?

The title of this piece refers to the alarming disappearance of frogs and toads in large areas of North America. Many of the affected areas, such as Yosemite National Park have been considered relatively protected places, yet amphibian declines are occurring even there.

This project, conceived by Annie Kwok, uses recycled material for the lower panels of the bus shelter and the sides of the trash receptacle. The project was conceived by Annie Kwok for a design class at Cornish College of the Arts. The class, entitled "New Materials and Sustainable Design," was taught by Tom and Barbara Johnson of Johnson Design Studio. Sustainable design uses reprocessed, recycled and harvested materials in ways that add value to the materials, and allow for them to be re-used.

The colorful panels and the bench of the shelter are made of a material called HDPE#2 a post-consumer, post-industrial recycled plastic that is available in 4'x 8' sheets of various thicknesses. The panels and bench were constructed by King County Metro's Facilities Maintenance staff.

The original art works in the upper panels of the shelter were created by three different artists. The burnt-wood etching was created by Bill Sullivan. The mosaic was created by Marsha McAllister, and is made of recycled porcelain earrings from Young & Associates. The oil pastel frog was created by Susan Boye, a visual arts instructor at Cornish.

Many thanks to these artists and Metro for their help to make this a wonderful project.

Recycled plastic material was funded by the King County Metro Bus Zone Safety and Access Project. Time to create the artwork was donated by Annie Kwok and three other artists mentioned above.


© 1997 Mauricio Robalino, all rights reserved
Medium: Glass tile mosaic
Located at James St. and Fifth Ave. in Seattle

Artist's Statement
When I make a drawing and it pleases me, I make a painting. When the painting pleases me I make a collage. When the collage pleases me I build a sculpture. When the sculpture please me I make two drawings.

My art is a celebration of my life, nature, and hope. My artistic thinking and practice is stimulated and nurtured by dedication, discipline, love of nature, the arts of all times and cultures, and the joy of discovery inherent to the creative process.

At the core of my art is drawing. I use bold, flowing, and spontaneous lines to give birth to fantastic beings who inhabit a world of whimsy, mystery, and vibrant color. My paintings, murals, mosaics, tapestries, mixed-media collages, and sculptures are the natural extensions of this primary language of my spirit and imagination.

I am a professional artist/painter and visual arts teacher with a Master of fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I exhibit my art in the United States and Ecuador, my birth place. My work is found in numerous public and private collections around the world. When not busy creating in my studio I can be found teaching art to people of all ages. I feel fortunate to love helping people discover and develop their visual arts expression. Sharing my knowledge and experiences inspires and teaches me a great deal about myself, art, the creative process/ experience, and human behavior. I am grateful for these blessings, and see myself as a creative artist and art teacher who makes original and useful contributions to society.

Artist Mauricio Robalino
Born in Quito, Equador in 1953, Mauricio received a degree in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1983. After receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California in 1988, he moved to the Puget Sound area. Mauricio has taught art programs at several of the area's art centers as both a Washington Arts Community Artist-In-Residence and a King County Artist-In-Residence. Currently, Mauricio works on public art projects with school children from various King County schools to paint murals. His work is in numberous private and public collections in many parts of the world. His artwork combines traditional and non-traditional colors and images, influenced by native Equadorian artists, into his own unique collages of pageantry.

This commission was funded by the King County Metro Bus Zone Safety and Access Project in 1998. The artist was selected from the Artist-Made Building Parts Project registry.

Grasshopper Luck

Grasshopper Luck

© 1995 Debra Mersky, all rights reserved
Medium: Photo-etched stainless steel
Located at Rainier Ave. S. & S. Genessee St. in Rainier Valley

Grasshopper Luck is photo-etched stainless steel. The artist, Debra Mersky, used this process to create a design on both sides of the steel panel. Her designs for the artwork include living things from the Pacific Northwest as well as good luck charms. Many thanks to Metro Transit Facilities Maintenance staff for creating the custom frame for the artwork.

This artwork was one of 13 bus shelter artworks commissioned by the Metro Arts Program in 1995.

A Coming Together of Peoples

© 1993 Ron Hillbert-Coy, all rights reserved
Medium: Carved and painted Cedar
Located on Rainier Ave. S. & S. Rose St. in Rainier Valley

A Coming Together of Peoples
"My whole purpose when I first read the request for artists' designs became a vision of carved and painted cedar! At that time I was teaching at Rainier Vista Community Center.

The young people to whom I was teaching art gave me another insight. Seeing the different ethnic groups that live throughout the Rainier Valley, I envisioned carvings of each group on individual panels with each panel having people in their cultural garb, and parts of their homeland in the background.

On the largest of the panels, on the fascia, would be all of the people, old and young, dancing and being in family units. In this way the shelter could bring unity and pride for all people."

Artist Ron Hilbert-Coy
Ron is a member of the Tulalip Indian tribe and talks about the importance of bringing people together. He strongly believes that because we are all traveling together we must work together instead of hurting each other.

This artwork was funded by the Metro Arts Program in 1995, in collaboration with the South East Seattle Arts Council.

Tracking Shelter

© 1998 Pam Beyette, all rights reserved
Medium: Laser-cut and painted steel
Located at N. 46th St. & Phinney Ave. N. in Seattle

Tracking Shelter
In the shadow of Woodland Park Zoo, a menagerie of animal silhouettes and animal tracks can be seen daily. Unlike their real life cousins next door at the zoo, this collection of animal shapes roam free atop a bus shelter at 46th Avenue North and Phinney Avenue North.

Inside the bus shelter, there are several plaques with animal tracks and text from the animal's point of view etched in copper. While waiting to catch a bus, riders can guess which tracks match which animals while discovering more about the animal's habits and natural environments.

Most of the animals depicted in the bus shelter are native to the Pacific Northwest region. The animal silhouettes are cut from �" steel and attached around the top of the shelter with silicon bronze bolts. Encircling the bottom perimeter of the shelter, animal are cut through the steel panels. The laser-cut steel was cut by Laser Craft Inc. in Auburn (253-939-0176). Looking like a wilderness caravan, the animal shapes are visible from several vantage points around the bus shelter.


"Tracking Shelter" includes the Great Blue Heron, River Otter, Grey Wolf, Cougar, White-Tailed Deer and Grey Fox. Can you tell which of these animals are speaking below?

"Frolicsome fun loving clowns, the lot of us. Wild and waggish, we twist and turn, roll and slide in our daily blur of non-stop hi-jinks and horseplay. Play today gone tomorrow, that's our motto."

"In the half-light of dawn, while the moon fades to a wisp of chalky gray, high above stands of ash, birch, polar and pine, I step lithely, scanning the landscape with keen eyes, ready to bound away in breathtaking leaps at the slightest movement."

"I huddle in my den alert to every sound waiting for darkness to mask my shyness. Once above ground, I swiftly change to a cunning, agile and cagey hunter until the light of dawn smothers my brashness and drives me underground."

Artist Pam Beyette
Pam can be sighted in the zoo's neighborhood where she lives and works. Her "art tracks" can be seen around the country. From her back yard warren she can hear the Woodland Park zoo animals.

Her images, words and symbols are glazed and etched on tiles; embedded in colored mosaics; sandblasted into granite and marble and etched and cut into bronze and copper and other metals.

Animal Prose:
Pam frequently collaborates with writer, Michael Hamilton, whose prose is inscribed in this shelter from an animal's point of view.

This commission was funded by the King County Public Art Program, Metro Transit Facilities, and the Seattle Arts Commission in 1998.

Piper's Creek Watershed

© 1995 Caitlin Evans, Christina Kilday, Todd Mathews, John Wells, all rights reserved
Medium: Laser-cut steel and mixed media
Located at N. 85th St. & Greenwood Ave. N. in Seattle

Piper's Creek Watershed
The site of these two bus shelters was once the source a salmon spawning creek that ran north and out into Elliott Bay through what is now Carkeek Park. Much of this creek is now underground, but still runs into Piper's Creek. In December of 1993, due to efforts to rehabilitate Piper's Creek, salmon successfully spawned in in the creek for the first time since 1927.

The purpose of this installation is to delight the people of Greenwood and inspire them to a heightened awareness of the watershed that they live on and the salmon and other animals that depend upon clean water. The challenge is to imagine city streets so clean that the water running off of them--and filling the storm drains, and draining into creeks--will be good enough for salmon to run in. In fact, what if the salmon could run right up the storm drains, along the gutters, across the sidewalk and up onto the roof of the Greenwood bus shelter?

The upstream shelter, on the left side of the photo, illustrates the watershed as it exists today, how it is affected by urban development, and how the citizens of Greenwood can help take care of it--thereby taking care of the local wild salmon. The two shelters are linked together by the wild salmon jumping upstream, from the west to the east; a symbol of their jump from the past to the present and, hopefully, into the future.

The downstream shelter, on the right side of the photo, respresents how the land looked before Europeans arrived in the Northwest. Long before the first Europeans settled the Pacific Northwest, wild salmon were a regional symbol of natural abundance and environmental stability. Today, salmon populations are seriously threatened by our presence here. Because we live on watersheds which feed the streams so vital to the salmon life cycle, some of the choices we make in our daily lives literally determine if the salmon will live or die.

Artists: Caitlin Evans, Todd Matthews, Christina Kilday, and John Wells
The artists were selected from an open-call for artists. Three finalists were selected by a jury, and their designs were displayed in the local library for 2 weeks. Visitors to the library voted for their favorite design.

The 1995 project was funded by the Metro Arts Program and a Department of Neighborhoods "Small and Simple" Grant awarded to the Greenwood Arts Council. The project was also supported by the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge Community Councils, the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the Greenwood Neighborhood Service Center, the Literacy Action Center and many enthusiastic community volunteers.

Street Smart Art

© 1996 Street Smart Art, all rights reserved
Medium: Acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with polyurethane clear-coat
Located at 12th Ave S. & S. Jackson St. in Seattle.

This is what this site looked like before the mural was painted:

Site before the mural

Street Smart Art
Many walls and fences located adjacent to bus zones are chronic targets for graffiti, making these bus zones less attractive to customers and sometimes making businesses in the area disgruntled with the bus stop. This project was a collaboration with "Street Smart Art," a youth and community oriented arts program directed by artist Saundra Valencia and partially funded by Seattle engineering Department. Street Smart Art provided constructive projects and mentoring for teenage graffiti artists, through the medium of community mural projects. These projects involve graffiti artists in meetings with the community or business to gather ideas for a mural in their area.

This bus shelter and wall mural was commissioned by the Metro Arts Program in 1996.

Murals are about people having an effect on their cities, taking responsibility for their visual and physical environment, leaving records of their lives and concerns, and in the process transforming neighborhoods, reducing vandalism and graffiti and creating new artists out of the youth of our communities.

Glenna Boltuch Avila, Former Director, City Wide Mural Project, Los Angeles

If you have any questions regarding your mural project, call Rose McCracken at 206-477-5817 or send an e-mail.