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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

October 22, 2009 at 5:32 PM

I found you, Little David!

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2:38 p.m. [Click images to view larger]
littledavidbymonorail102209m.jpgIf you follow me on Facebook or Twitter or read Friday’s post, you know I wanted to draw Little David. To promote their Michelangelo exhibit, the Seattle Art Museum is spreading a dozen little replicas of the famous statue around the city. If you have one, you’re supposed to take photos and share them on this flickr group. It’s a fun game, even though I wish there were more than a dozen of them.
I got a tip from Lauren Curtin, of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, that they had one. When it comes to showing visitors around our city, I can’t think of any better hosts, so I guess I can’t argue with SAM’s decision to give them one of the Little Davids.
I asked Curtin and Tracey Wickersham, director of Cultural Tourism, if I could have Little David next, but they said the statue has a busy agenda over the weekend. Tomorrow he’s playing bingo in West Seattle with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Saturday he’s supposed to go to a punk rock show. Okay, sign me up for Monday, how about that?
At any rate, I managed to sketch Little David as we took the monorail to the Seattle Center this afternoon. Monorail operator Craig Nelson said giving a statue a ride was a first for him in two years driving the monorail.
At the entrance of the Space Needle I did another sketch before Curtin and Wickersham whisked the statue away to take it to the observation deck. James Faulstich, who had just come down from lunch at Sky City, recognized Little David right away. “We’ll definitely go see the exhibit,” he said.

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