Our very own visual journalist, Jordan Somers, has made local mural artists’ labors of love his mission to document for posterity during the COVID-19 shutdown and the Black Lives Matter protests. We have previously presented some of his
chronicles, and we have the pleasure of sharing more of his work with you below with more to follow soon.
These murals are all part of an inspired project in the Chinatown-International District (CID) to beautify boarded-up storefronts in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Over 200 artists volunteered their time, and over $10,000 worth of paint, brushes, and other art supplies were donated to the cause. Over 100 stores in the CID offered their facades as canvases. The project served as an impressive, vibrant, and visually impactful way to create community and connection, and make some damn fine art in the process. Enjoy.
Although the majority of the murals in Chinatown are BLM-focused, there was a shared collaboration between artists and business owners alike to keep their respective shops afloat with simple, vibrant colors and store information. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
Jordan Somers Other artists had free reign with their assigned wall spaces as long as they contributed a positive energy to the project’s underlying objectives to beautify and protect the neighborhood.
Artist @barelyawakekalee makes full use of her assigned wall space with lyrics relevant to the largest civil rights movement in America’s history. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
Artist @openairdance specializes in stencil painting and devoted this restaurant’s space to a recurring, colorful, iconic image of George Floyd, who was murdered by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th, 2020. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
A poignant and reverberating cry from protestors country-wide: “Hands up, don’t shoot.” The artist also framed the mural with names of individuals who were gunned down by police over the last decade. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
Here, artists paint murals of several black mathematicians, doctors and engineers, including Katherine Johnson and Dr. Gladys West, who were leading contributors and pioneers in their field over the last century. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
Artist @jude_jing_da was one of 200+ contributors to the Chinatown beautification project supported by the Black community and various donors and residents. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
A volunteer briefly poses for the camera while organizing thousands of dollars worth of paint and supplies for contributing artists. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
Jordan Somers Muralists, residents and community leaders converse at the centralized supply and meeting spot, Hing Hay Park, where the city’s first protest began in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
A mural that encapsulates the layers of tragedy, grief, growth and uprising in the midst of the country’s revolution and demand for deep systematic change. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
A mural painted by artist @devinmidorisour showing an older man and child walking through Hing Hay Park. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
The intersection of South Jackson Street and Maynard Avenue South, where two BLM-inspired murals converge at a shop corner. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
A mural highlighting the BLM movement through various pertinent imagery, including an eye-less black woman and raised fists. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
A mural blending the name of the boarded up shop with subtle undertones of the BLM movement, expressed through the iconic black raised fist. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
A BLM-themed mural completed by artist @vksigns. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
A mural created by artists @dozfy and @sharapaints, bringing together two legendary figures, Bruce Lee and Kareem Abdul-Jabar. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian
Artist @sharapaints posing with her completed mural. Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian