Richmond Highlands: Mural Project Proposal
I was invited to create a mural proposal for the Richmond Highlands neighborhood in Shoreline. I focused my mural on the seasons and the historic trees of the neighborhood. I made it to the final three proposals but not the final. It’ll be fun to see the selected mural.
Shoreline has a strong link to nature and the Richmond Highlands community is quiet with many Douglas Firs and some historic trees. Overall, I wanted the mural to be cheerful and colorful. The spring is represented by cherry blossoms, a nod to the cherry orchards Judge Ronald had on his property along with other Richmond Highlands residents. The summer time is represented by the green leaves from the “Big Maple Tree.” In the first part of the 20th century, the maple tree was a marker to the Carlsen Hill Spring so people passing through on horseback during the summers could stop there to get fresh water. The fall is represented by the maple leaves changing color. The winter is represented by the Douglas Fir tree with pine cones. It’s a nod to the old growth Douglas Firs from Boeing Creek Park in the neighborhood. Another theme in my piece is the seeds—the maple seeds and pine cones. They symbolize the future generations and how this is a good neighborhood to raise families and get an education. The bird, an American Goldfinch is Washington’s State bird and represents the idea that we’re always connected to a bigger community. At the top, the neighborhood’s name on the mural is similar to the typeface from the street cars that Richmond Highlands residents used in the early 20th century.