Public Art & Wayfinding Projects
In November, 2018, we installed five brightly-colored signal box wraps at Beacon Hill intersections that incorporate the Common Threads: Community Patterns motifs of the Carl Smool art installation at Beacon Hill’s Link light rail station.
On the narrow sides of the signal boxes, a map depicts the neighborhood from the north end of Jefferson Park to S. Bayview St. and is dotted with landmarks (it also shows you where you are on the map!).
This project is one of multiple efforts to unify and beautify the north Beacon walking district—helping people enjoy all the neighborhood has to offer, making the area more walkable and easier to navigate. The signal box wraps came on the heels of the wayfinding signs (red poles with blue signage, see below!) we installed in 2017 and preceded the “Welcome to Beacon Hill” signs we developed in 2019.
Dozer Art — Crick Lont, creator of Dozer Art, has been pushing the envelope of creativity and bringing the world his expressions and thoughts, in a stylistic manner, that has awed audiences across the country. With collaborations including local and global artists, he has created a platform for his art and has used this as a means to help other artists get recognition for their talent. Dozer Art has made it a mission to bring art to the world and help artists alike have a chance to be seen.
Angelina Villalobos — The mental inspiration for my body of work is Folklore; stories humans have created and collected to explain the unknown. Tales about animals and their wit especially pique my interest. Religion is also another way humans have used to explain what they don’t understand. The visual inspiration my work pulls from include Mexican Folk, Mesoamerican, Pacific Northwest Native American, and Japanese art. These are then filtered through the eyes of an anime and comic book lover.
With funding from the Office of Economic Development in 2016, we were able to work with SDOT to have nine poles installed along Beacon Ave. S. from S. Spokane up to the corner of Beacon Ave. S. and S. 14th.
The signs point to public destinations like Jefferson Park and the Library, but also mark lesser known places like the 12th Ave. View Point.
Folks in the neighborhood already know which direction to turn when they’re headed off to the park, but we hope they’ll encourage visitors to explore a bit when they step off the Light Rail for lunch.
After months of vigilance, the warehouse door at S. 15th and Beacon Ave. S stayed free of tagging (thanks to our service contract with Graffiti Busters) and we embarked on a mural project that would change the vibe of the neighborhood. The fact that this wall site happened to be smack in the center of our north commercial district gave us inspiration to put the project together. We called on local urban artists Charms Won and Crick from Dozer Art. Both were game—and while Beacon Hill Merchants managed the project, provided for supplies and other project costs—we take our hats off to these two artists for pulling it off in just three days!
Take note: the building was subsequently demolished, but we hired Crick to put his signature sunflowers on Beacon Hill bus shelters.
Public safety and clean streets are a priority for the shopping experience. We collaborate with other groups to organize regular street cleaning along our arterials, and work hard to reduce the impacts of public alcohol consumption. We engage in various projects to improve the pedestrian experience in our town center and around the neighborhood, ranging from signage to lighting and plantings to benches. At some point, we are all pedestrians.
Neighbors and business owners have joined forces to fight litter in the Beacon Hill commercial district. Four teams of volunteers work together to pick up litter weekly along a 1.5 mile stretch of Beacon Ave and 14th Ave, from S Massachusetts St to S Spokane St. Contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in joining this dedicated group of people.
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