Burien Parks Seeking Volunteers, Intern to Help with Mural Installation

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Depiction of mural art proposed for the side of the Dollar Tree Store as presented to the Burien City Council June 18, 2012. Click image to see larger version.

Our friends at Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services want our Readers to know that they are looking for Volunteers to assist with the Downtown Burien mural installation from July 16-August 11, 2012.

As we previously reported, Artist Augustina Droze will be painting a mural on the Dollar Tree building at 4th and 151st SW, across from the Burien Library.

At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Burien Arts Commission Chair Virginia Wright and Public Art Chair Andrea Reay presented artist Droze’s design for the mural to be painted on the Dollar Tree Building on 4th Ave SW across from the Burien Library (see image above).

“The City Council approved the design allowing the Burien Arts Commission and Parks, Recreations and Cultural Services Department to move forward with this exciting project!” said Gina Kallman, Cultural Arts Supervisor for Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

Ms. Droze will be in Burien July 16-August 11 working on the project.

“Her design intends to create a meditative artwork that can provide moments of relaxation and thoughtfulness for the viewer,” Kallman added. “Her concept is to integrate Burien’s natural and urban environment. The wave patterns, hands, and botanicals represent the natural elements in Burien, with the hands also portraying a feeling of togetherness. The circles reflect have a more ‘urban-centric’ theme. The background patterns were created by Cedarhurst Elementary School students, which reflects their recent study of ‘tessellation.'”

Volunteers do not need artistic training, only an interest in helping to assist on this project.

Volunteers will be assisting with wall preparation and painting.

Volunteers need to be 18 years of age.

The artist is also looking for an Intern to work with her throughout the project. The intern should be over 18 and have some artistic training. This is a great opportunity for any artist looking to learn about the public art and mural process to glean information from a professional muralist. Augustina has created large murals around the country and in India for both municipalities and private collections.

If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail [email protected] as soon as possible.

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8 Responses to “Burien Parks Seeking Volunteers, Intern to Help with Mural Installation”
  1. Jay says:

    Nice and bright colors… I still think a “gum” wall would look awesome as well.

  2. Bonnie moormeier says:

    Didn’t we pay this artist $12,000 for this project? Shouldn’t that include prep and painting the wall?

  3. elizabeth2 says:

    I love the idea that a loca student intern would get some experience on such a project, BUT since one assumes the artist submitted her bid based on her work, then perhaps the intern should be paid?

    I agree with Bonnie that if $12,000 was the bid for Ms. Droze to do the project, Ms. Droze should be doing the work unless her bid specified she would be using local student talent.

  4. Loca says:

    I respectfully disagree with the above comments. I am pretty sure the artist is willing and able to do all the work herself. By opening up the project to volunteers and offering to work with an intern, a true community work of art will be created. It’s probably actually MORE work for her in some ways to have helpers! And how cool would it be to show your friends/children/grandchildren the mural that YOU helped create!

    • elizabeth2 says:

      In previous projects where she has worked with student help, she has drawn in the liens of the shapes and had others fill it in. So…

      point made, Loca, about the community being part is a good thing and something to show one’s children and grandchildren. However,,,

      I do not think it makes less work for the artist and I still maintain that if she bid $12,000 to do the work, she should DO THE WORK! If you wanted to be community spirited, then put that in her bid along with the extent to which she would seek community involvement.

      I wonder if those who accepted her bid would have accepted the $12,000 price tag knowing she would not be doing all the work.

  5. Eaton B. Verz says:

    Maybe we should have asked the community for volunteers to create the mural. Save the city $12,000.00 in these lean times.

  6. tripC says:

    I completely support the painting of this mural, but find it interesting that the Arts Commish could not find someone from the Burien, greater Seattle area, or even Washington State to paint it. I would feel alot better about this project if it was supporting “local” artists. I do hope that consideration was given to protecting this piece of art from vandals. Overall, it will make a great addition, and I will continue to support the Arts in Burien.

  7. TcB says:

    I give it about a week until it’s tagged “Tuk Town”. A lot of the tags around here are from gangs who come up here from the valley to do mischief. Hope there are cameras going to be set up.

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