Did I mention how much I love Capitol Hill (Seattle) and all of it’s intricate character? From the older buildings, now mixed with newer development, to the open-minded, cosmopolitan, hip culture: Capitol Hill is full of life and energy. This sticker art is no exception. (**Side note: The Development is a whole other controversy if you live around here. People are worried that, with the new development, Capitol Hill will lose its characteristic and historical charm. People love their neighborhood and they don’t want it to become like a generic mall. They wonder if development will gut, not only its buildings, but the neighborhood’s colorful vivaciousness. Read more here.)
The first piece is “Big Brother Is Watching You“. This is a sticker that, for several years– since I moved to Seattle in 2006, I have found this sticker so many places– The artist is prolific and sticks them up everywhere– including very high places, even though this one is at the base of a drain pipe (or whatever kind of pipe that is….like I know anything about pipes). I admire this a whole lot because of the genius of the placement of these. At certain points, I have found them everywhere, it seems. It is a nod to George Orwell’s book, 1984…and our civil liberties. It’s cues us to think about what the current state of our civil liberties are. I think out of all of the sticker art, this has been the largest project, in scale and length of time, and consequently, by it’s sheer volumn, the most meaningful. Wouldn’t it be great to see this as an installation in a museum? This is making a highly relevant statement that more people can benefit from participating in.
I loved this one because it is a statement about living a robotic life… One might even speculate that it draws the same sorts of questions that “The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit” (a book written in the 1950s– Look this one up; it’s an excellent read) about living a life that is expected and uninteresting. Instead, living in a state of mindful possibility. You choose. That’s what I get from this one. Don’t box yourself in.
I especially like the Too-Cool-Skull… he made me smile.
I was completely charmed when I read,”today it was sunny and now i feel better.” (This is the heart of the Seattle experience, since it rains and is cloudy the majority of the year. (When we have sun, we really (!) appreciate it) … and where the same artist simply states “it’s going to get better”. I was filled with warmth after seeing that! Notice the whimsical creature to the left. There are a lot of other interesting stickers on this sign as well. I hope you’ll take a minute to investigate for yourself. (Press Ctrl + for PC users to zoom in, and Ctrl- to zoom out and take a look)
Well, I hope you got to taste a little of my adventure. If you enjoyed that, you can check out the related articles below. Next week, I’ll be back with another post of sticker art from the Fremont neighborhood (in Seattle). This one is going to be juicy! Some of the ones I found are too obscene to post (so I don’t get in trouble) (naughty artists!)– so I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with those (if you have any ideas).