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Help Create a Mural at KEXP

We would like to invite you to contribute your retired music ephemera – CDs, LPs, and cassette tapes – to artist Aramis Hamer to help create a mural at the site of KEXP’s new offices and studio at the northwest corner of the Seattle Center campus.  Hamer will complete her artwork along a newly installed wall running 130+ feet on the south side of Republican Street. It will be complete in time for the April 16 opening of KEXP.

On Saturday, March 19 from 2-5 p.m., Aramis will host a community information and engagement session at The Vera Project, just north of KeyArena on the Seattle Center campus. She invites anyone interested to bring their CDs, LPs, and cassette tapes (1 – 2 items per person), which will become sculptural elements in the mural.

Hamer’s vibrant mural, which include acrylic paint and objects, from LPs and cassettes to CDs, will celebrate Seattle’s diverse communities and reflect the history and evolution of the music industry. It will take viewers from KEXP’s library to the entrance of Seattle Center. The mural is intended to engage the imagination as a fitting tribute the KEXP’s new offices and studio. According to Hamer, “Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. Songs are like stories and while listening to the lyrics, an image forms in my mind inspiring the next piece.”

Hamer moved to Seattle from Chicago, IL. She draws from music as her inspiration to create large-scale acrylic paintings. Her work is heavily influenced by street art, hip hop, and urban landscapes. Hamer has created a number of paintings for private commissions and public exhibition and collaborated with community members of the Central Area to create an interactive chalkboard mural at 23rd and Union in the summer of 2015. She completed the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Boot Camp in 2015.

Funding provided by Seattle Center 1% for Art and Seattle Center funds.

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