Public mural takes shape beneath Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge

Progress is being made on a City of Tacoma project to create a mural along Dock Street on the concrete wall of the stormwater collection system below the western side of Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge.

In January, the City of Tacoma invited artists from Pierce, Kitsap, and Thurston Counties to apply for the $10,000 project. The application deadline expired on March 14. Gig Harbor artist Nick Goettling was among 10 artists whose work was reviewed earlier this year by a review panel that included community members affiliated with the site and Tacoma Arts Commissioners. In April, the Tacoma Arts Commission approved a recommendation to select Goettling for the public art project.

“The panel was impressed with Goettling’s bold graphic style of painting and his personal connection to the history of the area,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “His emphasis on colorful layers and interest in making the work approachable to all viewers fit the needs of our community.”

According to City of Tacoma officials, Goettling planned to spend late-spring and most of this summer researching the bridge and history of the area, connecting with members of the local community in developing a mural design, and painting the mural. The final mural is expected to be completed this fall.

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