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‘The Hands that Built Tacoma’

11 Sep
Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling.

Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling.

What: “The Hands that Built Tacoma” Mural Dedication
Where: below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock St. and S. 11th St.
When: Saturday, September 20, 3 – 3:30 pm
Cost: Free!

In celebration of Tacoma’s working waterfront, Nick Goettling’s “The Hands that Built Tacoma” will be dedicated during a public Maritime Fest event on Sept. 20, from 3 – 3:30 p.m., below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock and 11th streets.

“We are pleased to add this powerful mural that pays tribute to Tacoma’s rich history to the City’s art collection,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride.  “It’s bold and bright, tells a great story, and gives visual interest to both motorists and pedestrians.”

The mural was commissioned by the City of Tacoma as part of the Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation.  Built in 1913, the Murray Morgan Bridge was closed in 2007 due to safety concerns, and restored and reopened 100 years later, in 2013. This $12,000 mural commission is part of an interpretive information plan to tell the story of the bridge and celebrate its connection to the Foss Waterway.

Goettling is a Gig Harbor artist who received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on narrative painting and drawing.  His work has been exhibited nationally, and more information on him is available at nickalas.com.

Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling,

Detail of “The Hands that Built Tacoma”, by Nick Goettling,

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Nick Goettling selected for mural under Murray Morgan Bridge

21 Apr
Detail of Nick Goettling's 2013 Morgan Street mural in Chicago.

Detail of Nick Goettling’s 2013 Morgan Street mural in Chicago.

Artist Nick Goettling from Gig Harbor was recently selected in a competitive process to create a site-responsive mural along Dock Street on the concrete wall of the stormwater collection system below the western side of Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge.

Built in 1913, the Murray Morgan Bridge was closed in 2007, due to safety concerns and restored and reopened 100 years later, in 2013. This $10,000 mural commission is part of an interpretive information plan to tell the story of the bridge and celebrate its connection to the Foss Waterway.

Detail of Nick Goettling's 2013 Morgan Street mural in Chicago.

Detail of Nick Goettling’s 2013 Morgan Street mural in Chicago.

A review panel, consisting of community members affiliated with the site and Tacoma Arts Commissioners, reviewed the work of 10 artists, selecting three to interview for the final commission. The panel’s recommendation of Goettling was approved by the Tacoma Arts Commission on April 14, 2014.

“The panel was impressed with Goettling’s bold graphic style of painting and his personal connection to the history of the area,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “His emphasis on colorful layers and interest in making the work approachable to all viewers fit the needs of our community.”

Nick Goettling's Winter Migration temporary mural, 2011.

Detail from Nick Goettling’s Winter Migration temporary mural, 2011.

Goettling will continue research of the bridge and history of the area and will connect with members of the local community in developing a mural design. Painting will commence over the summer and the final mural will be completed by the end of October 2014.

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