Mural "City in the Sky"
"City in the Sky" 1977
Located at the Pelican Bay Artists
Building, 606 19th Ave. East, Capitol Hill, Seattle. City in the
Sky is based on a Hopi Indian Myth. The Hopi Indians believed
in star constellations and believed in ancient maps that had been drawn
as a guide to the spiritual world. The Hopi believed that they existed
at the center of the earth or Turtle Island. That beyond Turtle Island
was the sky and that beyond the sky were dimensional portals. Beyond
the dimensional portals was an area called the Ocean of Pitch, were
the beauty of the night sky and the galaxies spun out towards them.
Beyond that were the boundaries of the universe. And set along the rim
at the boundaries of the universe were where their gods resided. The
basic concept for the City in the Sky mural included vast
landscapes, oceans and plains with artists living in self -contained
portals flying high above the world.
"City in the Sky" is Seattle's first 3-D mural. The mural was a collaboration between artists Don Miles and Don Barrie. It's 3-D sculpting was done by Don Miles (creator of the Milestone Process) and the concept and painting was done by Don Barrie. The mural took two years to complete. 1975-1977.
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