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PHOTOS: 50 artists, 2 miles and murals in motion

Sep 21, 2017

The second summer of painting is complete for the Sodo Track mural project, with 26 artists painting on 14 properties.

The project, when complete after next summer, will consist of over 50 artists from all over the world, with painted murals relating to one common theme – motion.

“The Sodo Track is about taking the everyday experience on the bus and on the train and turning it into a free urban air art gallery, so that your commute becomes all the more interesting and meaningful,” said Tamar Benzikry, manager of public art projects for 4Culture.

“You have a reason to look up from your phone maybe to say 'hi' to your neighbor and see art along the way, whether you’re coming into Seattle or going out.” 

The Sodo Track is a two-mile stretch spanning Fifth Avenue South from Royal Brougham Way to Spokane Street. 

"The goal is really to improve the experience of traveling through this area," said planning artist Gage Hamilton.

"I happen to think that your surroundings have a big impact on how you feel about yourself and your everyday life and this is kind of a dreary welcome to the city heading into a downtown," Hamilton said.

"People don't have to seek it out, they just stumble upon it during their commute." 

A variety of paint cans are shown on the platform where mural artists Zoer & Velvet, from Paris, are painting a scene of a car crash on Friday, September 8, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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A mural painted by artist Caratoes is shown on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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A mural painted by artist Andrew Hem is shown through the window of the light rail as commuters ride by on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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A bicycle sits in front of a mural painted by artist Katy Ann Gilmore on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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Mural artist Zoer paints a mural of a car crash on Friday, September 8, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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A mural painted by artists Casey Weldon and Syd Bee, in 2016, is shown on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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Mural artist Zoer, from Paris, paints what will be a mural of a car crash on Friday, September 8, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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A mural painted by artist Daleast is shown on Friday, September 8, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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Mural artists Zoer, right, and Velvet, from Paris, paint a scene of a car crash on Friday, September 8, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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A man walks in front of a mural painted by artist Zach Yarrington on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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Ellen Picken of Spokane paints on Friday, September 8, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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Mural artist Velvet's shoes are shown covered in paint on Friday, September 8, 2017, as he paints a mural along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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People walk in front of a mural painted by the artists, Low Bros, in 2016, on Friday, September 8, 2017, along the Sodo Track in Seattle.
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