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6:00PM - 9:00PM
Pike Street Hill Climb, 1427 Western Ave, Seattle 98101
This event is free

Opening Reception:

Room for Change: A Mural by Carolina Silva

For this year’s Seattle Design Festival, Space.City and Urban ArtWorks are collaborating with Carolina Silva to create a mural at the Pike Street Hill Climb along Western Avenue. The transformation will take place over the first week of the festival, with support from Downtown Seattle Association and Friends of Waterfront Seattle.

A celebration honoring the transformation will be held at the mural, on September 21st, from 6 – 9 pm. The community is invited to enjoy a live busker performance by John Strayer Music and refreshments, including libations from the Seattle Beer Company, our beer and venue sponsor. The event is free and open to the public.

Carolina Silva’s work often explores the dichotomy of inside and outside. The wall-paper like quality of the mural suggests the idea of containment, as with a box or a room. Multiple panels of repetitive pattern envelope the space, transforming a forgotten place- a mundane passageway- into a vibrant room. Repetitive patterns and hand-traced flowers are recurrent elements in Silva’s recent work; they represent chaos within harmony, or rather harmony within chaos. Vulnerability is a concept rarely explored in public art, but through its floral motifs and dusty pinks, the mural is both soft and iconic at the same time. It is both quiet while focusing attention; feels intimate while being open. The mural is a reminder that although seemingly permanent, the urban environment can be changed.


Space.City – An independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the public discussion of art, architecture and urbanism.

Carolina Silva – Local artist specializing in ceramics, painting and installation.

Urban ArtWorks – Empowering Youth and invigorating communities through public art.

Downtown Seattle Association – To champion a healthy, vibrant urban core.

Friends of Waterfront Seattle – Working with the City of Seattle to reconnect

our city to its central shoreline with a 26-block park.

Seattle Beer Co. – Seattle’s craft beer tasting room bar located in Pike’s Place Market.

Site and/or restrooms are *NOT* ADA /Wheelchair accessible.