City selects artist for Murray Morgan Bridge mural

A Gig Harbor artist has been picked by the City of Tacoma 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.

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. On Monday, 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.”

Goettling will continue research of the bridge and history of the area, and will connect with members of the local community in developing a mural design. Painting will begin over the summer and the final mural will be completed by the end of October.

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.

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