On a scavenger hunt for Seattle street art

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1891 Horses hauling logs at Columbia Mill, Columbia. Ring isn’t part of artwork but is there to provide perspective.

Via serendipity on our vacation in Seattle, I learned about street artist and miniaturist Talia Silveri Wright, or little talia. (See previous post “Seattle is full of charms, some of them tiny.”) After finding four out of the eight pieces in her Miniature Mobility series (part of a public art program called Art Interruptions), I felt compelled to seek out more. Luckily, she has a map on her website, but a little snooping around is still required because the figures are so tiny that they are not immediately obvious. Half the fun is finding them, however, and our group of four was determined to do so.

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1920 Rainier Beach shuttle bus

I walked right by the piece depicting horses hauling logs at Columbia Mill, despite the white label displayed prominently beside it. But Vicky turned around and saw it at once. Although the map lists its location as 6505 57th Ave S, it’s actually on the south side of South Morgan Street, several yards from where it intersects with 57th.

We walked south along Martha Washington Park before turning west on S. Holly Street. Then we trudged up the hill and crossed 55th Ave S where we had to look closely in rocky recesses to find the miniature Rainier Beach shuttle bus. The sign had become detached and was sitting a few feet away, so we anchored it under a rock to keep it close to the artwork.

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1971 Picnic, Roller Skates and Bicycle (Ring used to indicate scale.

Our next stop was on Holly Street just west of Rainier Ave S–the Cheap Chickadee Thrift Store, which was closed because it was Sunday, but it looks like a fun place to visit. The artwork was easier to find despite its minuscule size because it’s featured more prominently and sits atop a window flower box next to the shop’s front door. It’s a picnic scene. Here’s an excerpt of the description from the website:

 

This is a snap shot from 1971 including a throwback picnic highlighting some vintage 1970’s inspired transportation. The micro miniature roller skates have beads for wheels and the bicycle is painstakingly crafted from scrap pieces of metal.

The tiny LIFE magazine cover from 1971 shows Germaine Greer with the accompanying headline: Saucy Feminist That Even Men like.

We did not see the entire series because we were getting hungry, and it was a much longer walk to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, where the last piece lives. So now there’s something to look forward to in the future!

 

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