Cryptogams ascend on North seattle college
Spring of 2016 marked the sudden growth of an enormous colony of mosses and lichens on the brutalist-style concrete walls of North Seattle College. Kelda Martensen, NSC art teacher and public artist extraordinaire, coordinates what's more than just a class on public art each year: her students make a local artist's wall-sized vision come to life, while developing concepts for murals of their own.
This year, my moss-and-lichen themed mural design was chosen by NSC's panelists as the winning concept. The design was inspired by the densely-colonized and graffittied asphalt slabs found around the campus's boggy terrain, as well as by NSC's mission to establish grounds for thriving new beginnings for its diverse, complex community.