14th and Martin Luther Jr. Way
Summer 2016, I finished a 16’ x 81’ Tacoma Murals Project mural on the Cedar River Clinics building, located at 14th and MLK. Cedar River Clinics offer woman-centered health care, along with LGBTQ care, and have a persistent weekly protester presence at their clinic creating neighborhood unease. Grateful for the Hilltop community’s patience, especially with the protesters, and support, the clinic desired to show their appreciation through this mural.
After meeting with Cedar River Clinics, the Hilltop Business Association, the Hilltop Action Coalition, and surrounding businesses, 3 issues stood out: 1) the desire for more color in their community 2) more of the natural world represented and 3) organic shapes to soften the hard edge of urban structure.
Considering their collective thoughts regarding the mural site’s past, present and future, I designed a mural depicting colorful fabric flowing across the wall, breaking down the rigid lines of urban structure. Its twisting and turning bonds together the different “colors” of the Hilltop neighborhood, representing the LGBTQ community and different religions, ethnicities and gender, until eventually transforming into big, colorfilled flowers.
A final photo of the mural I finished for Cedar River Clinics through the Tacoma Murals Project.
With this mural the Tacoma Murals Project assigned me an assistant so as to pass on mural making knowledge. I had a blast Jesse Peterson! He was a fun and competent assistant.
16’ x 81’
14th and Martin Luther Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA
The Cedar River Clinic building before I started my mural. Pretty bland.
Pots of paint= coloration on my Cedar River Clinic mural design.
Painting on the mural with pots of color.
Jesse and I paint the day away!
Photo: Jamie Brooks