On our way to the Densmore Working Group meeting last night, a new mural set next to the Wallingford Art Walk robot, on the side of Bottleworks on 45th St and across the parking lot from Key Bank, caught our eye:
As luck would have it, Carlos Aguilar, the artist, was just dusting on a few last shots of spraypaint and wrapping up for the day.
He told us he got turned on to the project by a guy from a “graffiti shop” down on Stone Way (i.e., a place that sold spraypaint). The owner there contacted the owner of the Bottleworks building (etc.) building, who gave permission, and the project was born. Carlos sprung for his own paint.
Carlos works in other media beyond spraypaint, including acrylics, inks, and sculpture, and has shown his work across the state and the country. The playful character you see pictured appears throughout his work.
And no, the piece isn’t done, but it’s already a great addition to the great Outdoor Wallingford Museum of Art.
I love the new mural and the fact that there are so many great ones in Wallingford!
I find the mural disturbing somehow. The house has no eyes, just an enormous mouth. I could have a real major nightmare about a blind, but voracious manic building that would injest all that approached: kittens, small children, etc….
That’s just me, I think a lot or folks find it fun.
Laura, it looks like it has eyes now!
Great to have decorated walls, even if the art is not always to my taste.
For personal reasons I had to close the paint shop on Stone Way, but the neighborhood, the local Seattle government and the neighbors were all very positive about what we were trying to support and accomplish. There are two major murals in Wallingford thanks to me and the artists that supported me. The Brainlington by Mr. Ewok One on the eastern wall of Milano’s Pizza and the house character by Carlos Aguilar on Bottleworks.
Our plan was to create large scale public art projects for the neighborhood of Wallingford. If there are any property owners that are willing to lend us their space, please contact me at [email protected]