Manitou Trestle: dedicated to the love of community

3 Feb

On January 31, about 50 community members gathered in South Tacoma to dedicate the new multi-media mural, Manitou Trestle, created by artists Claudia Riedener, Chris Jordan, and Kenji Stoll, for the South 66th Street Trestle. The public art piece is a project of Sound Transit’s public art program (STart) in collaboration with the City of Tacoma’s Public Art: In Depth artist training program. 

The mural layers South Tacoma’s history, industry and personal experiences with botanical representations of native flora, topography and quotes from the community. These layers of ceramic tile and paint create a dynamic and collective representation of the community’s memories and tell a visual story of the South Tacoma neighborhood’s past, present and future.

Photographer Dane Gregory Meyer captured the event through the following photo essay.

Community members gathered at the STAR Center for the artwork dedication.

Community members gathered at the STAR Center for the artwork dedication.

During the dedication: Claudia Riedener, artist;  Chelsea Levy, Sound Transit; Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of the City of Tacoma; and Joe Lonergan, Tacoma City Council member.

During the dedication (left to right): Claudia Riedener, artist; Chelsea Levy, Sound Transit; Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of the City of Tacoma; and Joe Lonergan, Tacoma City Council member.

Mayor Strickland reads a poem, Manitou Trestle, written by Ken Sikes in commemoration of the dedication of the trestle.

Mayor Strickland read a poem, Manitou Trestle, written by Ken Sikes in commemoration of the artwork dedication. “…we poor, tired, huddled masses, yearning to be seen, passing through, and to. So loved. So love. So Tacoma.”

Barb Luecke, Sound Transit Art Program Manager, presents the Golden Roller community stewardship award to Venus Dergan.

Barb Luecke, Sound Transit Art Program Manager (left), presented the Golden Roller community stewardship award to Venus Dergan (right).

Artists Chris Jordan, Kenji Stoll, and Claudia Riedener (left to right) talk about the inspiration for the mural.

Artists Chris Jordan, Kenji Stoll, and Claudia Riedener (left to right) talked about the inspiration for the mural.

 

Left to right: City Council member Joe Lonergan, artist Chris Jordan, Mayor Marilyn Strickland, artist Claudia Riedener, and artist Kenji Stoll.

Left to right: City Council member Joe Lonergan, artist Chris Jordan, Mayor Marilyn Strickland, artist Claudia Riedener, and artist Kenji Stoll.

An enthusiastic group of attendees visit the mural site after the dedication ceremony.

An enthusiastic group of attendees visit the mural site after the dedication ceremony.

Echo Curry and children from the Henry T. Schatz branch of the Boys and Girls Club inspect the mural they helped influence.

Echo Curry and children from the Henry T. Schatz branch of the Boys and Girls Club inspect the mural they helped influence.

The mural is composed of botanically-inspired ceramic tiles, stamped with quotes collected from the community, layered with historic buildings and topography of the land as illustrated through aerosol paint.

The mural is composed of botanically-inspired ceramic tiles, stamped with quotes collected from the community, layered with historic buildings and topography of the land as illustrated through aerosol paint.

A view of the expansive mural, which covers the north and south sides as well as the median of the train trestle.

A view of the expansive mural, which covers the north and south sides as well as the median of the train trestle.

Manitou Trestle Dedication

Manitou Trestle Dedication

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, currently as Vice Chair, 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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