Sun King Reigns Again

30 Jun

On June 25, About 40 community members from Tacoma and beyond gathered at the pocket park at S. 15th and Dock Street to welcome the return of Thomas Morandi’s Sun King sculpture to the public realm. Photographer Dane Gregory Meyer captured the event through the following photo essay.

The monumental-scale public art sculpture, part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection, was originally installed in 1977 in front of what is now the Hotel Murano. The piece was moved into storage in 2007 while it underwent repairs and awaited its new permanent location. 

Mascots from Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum came out to celebrate the Sun King.

Mascots from Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum came out to celebrate the Sun King.

Council Member David Boe and Tacoma Arts Commission members Scott Ramsey, Traci Kelly, and Don Lacky gather before the dedication.

Council Member David Boe and Tacoma Arts Commission members Scott Ramsey, Traci Kelly, and Don Lacky gathered before the dedication.

A group of about 40 community members gathered in celebration of the artist, Thomas Morandi, and his artwork, Sun King.

Community members gathered in celebration of the artist, Thomas Morandi, and his artwork, Sun King.

The monumental-scale Sun King provides the focal point for those gathered in celebration.

The monumental-scale Sun King provided the focal point and backdrop for those who came out to celebrate.

Council Member David Boe chanted The Beattles' Sun King lyrics.

Council Member David Boe led the crowd while chanting the lyrics to Sun King by The Beattles.

Artist Thomas Morandi helps dedicate his artwork.

Artist Thomas Morandi spoke about the changes in Tacoma from the time he created the artwork in 1977 to today.

Artist Thomas Morandi and former arts administrator Ellida Lathrop pose in front of the artwork they brought to Tacoma in 1977.

Artist Thomas Morandi and former arts administrator Ellida Lathrop posed in front of the artwork they brought to Tacoma in 1977.

All photos used with permission from Dane Gregory Meyer. Copyright Dane Gregory Meyer.

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Dane Gregory Meyer PhotographyDane Gregory Meyer has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and owns Dane Gregory Meyer Photography. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2009 in a desire to give back to the community and support the arts as an economic engine and core for Tacoma.

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