Topic: Space Needle
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November 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM
It wasn’t meant to be. The Space Needle will not don its retro Galaxy Gold color for its next paint job, as I wished.
Workers have been painting the top of the Needle with its new green color for a few days now. This afternoon, I could only see a patch of the bright orange left, so I rushed to do a sketch from the parking lot roof of a building in South Lake Union. (Note: I walked there, don’t go thinking I drive that Mercedes on the sketch.)
Seattle graphic designer Nicole Commins won the art contest organized by the Needle to find a replacement for Galaxy Gold. The new paint job consists of evergreens radiating towards the Needle’s center spire. It will stay for six months, and you can see it here.
September 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM
Sketched Sept. 7, 2012 [Click on sketches to see larger versions]
Are you used to Galaxy Gold yet?
That bright orange paint atop the Space Needle has grown on me, so much that now I don’t want it to go away.
But as the 50th Anniversary celebrations come to a close next month, The Space Needle has plans to replace the gold top with a winning design from entries anyone can submit by Sept. 20. (Info: spaceneedle.com/topthis.html)
As an artist, you’d think I’d like a creative contest, but the prize seems too small for such a big project. The winner, says the Needle’s campaign, will get “bragging rights … 50th Anniversary mementos and MORE really cool stuff!”
At any rate, why mess with success? I think Galaxy Gold has many fans, if only based on my informal poll at Kerry Park.
“It’s nice they went back to the original color,” said Brittany Nicole, a photographer from Texas. Tour guide Bryan Dutt, of Seattle, said they should keep it orange, “just because it’s history.”
I say let’s keep Galaxy Gold for the next 50 years!
The view of the Space Needle from Kerry Park must be one of the most photographed in the city. On the warm day of my visit, I saw dozens of people taking snapshots, including a three-generation family from Texas, two wedding parties and tourists who poured out of tour vans. Here are some more moments I was able to capture in the old-fashioned way of pen and paper:
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