And the winner of the 46th St. Mural Project Grant is…Todd Lown!
Lead artist for Urban ArtWorks, Lown holds a BFA from the University of Washington, and has studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Lown says his work focuses “on perspective, environment, form and color.” His works are “a combination of prints, animation, signage, drawing and painting both illustrative and abstract.” His public art includes design and direction for the Gates Foundation construction site mural, the Bellevue Indoor Skatepark mural, the external mural for the King Street Station renovation and the West Edge Control Box Project. His work can be seen on line at http://toddlown.blogspot.com/ and http://www.siamesebirds.com
After collecting over 1,000 votes on-line and through their posterboards at local businesses, the committee chose Lown’s design by a clear consensus. Lown will receive $2,000 for his winning design (pending city approval) in addition to the $300 honorarium he and the other finalists have already received.
Now comes the fun part: painting the design onto the 46th Street underpass beneath Aurora!
The project seeks community volunteers to help prime the wall and paint the mural beginning in early June, under the direction of Lown and Urban ArtWorks, a nonprofit organization that empowers at-risk youth through employment in the arts. To volunteer and stay updated go to http://46thstreetmuralproject.blogspot.com/ or email the project at 46thStMural@gmail.com.
We can’t wait to add the mural to our Wallingford Outdoor Art Map!