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.

mural in progress
The mural measures 40-some feet wide by 15 feet high. Turning the concept into reality was a bit of a stretch. 

The mural measures 40-some feet wide by 15 feet high. Turning the concept into reality was a bit of a stretch. 

Thank you to the incredible artists who so quickly made this vision come to life!

Thank you to the incredible artists who so quickly made this vision come to life!