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Seattle Monorail’s guide columns get fresh murals

The big concrete columns that keep the Seattle Monorail afloat above Fifth Avenue in downtown received some brand news murals from local linocut artist Leslie Nan Moon.

A shot of the Seattle Monorail's columns lining Fifth Avenue show several of the new murals that now decorate the structures. Each column sports a different image — painted in the style of a linocut print — related to the Seattle Center. The closest mural to the photographer shows a stream of music floating upwards into the sky from the Climate Pledge Arena.

These new murals replace several that depicted Seattle Mariners players in celebration of the 2023 MLB All-Star Week that Seattle hosted last year.

Photo via Seattle Monorail

There’s nothing quite like a fresh coat of paint to spruce up an otherwise ordinary spot.

The Seattle Monorail’s guide columns — which keep the train cars lofted above city streets — have a brand new set of murals gracing their gray faces.

Designed and painted in a linocut style by artist Leslie Nan Moon, each artwork depicts one of the Seattle Center’s various structures and festivals such as: Climate Pledge Arena, Northwest Folklife, the Space Needle, nonprofit Skate like a Girl, and the monorail itself.

This set is the second in a series of installments that started last year in celebration of the 2023 MLB All-Star Week. The murals will be on display for the next year and included in the Seattle Center’s self-guided public arts tour.

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