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March 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Portrait of Cal Anderson unveiled on Capitol Hill

A portrait of Cal Anderson is revealed at a dedication ceremony on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

There is not points to locate on the map

A giant portrait of the late state Sen. Cal Anderson is the latest artwork to enliven Sound Transit’s red construction-site wall around the future Capitol Hill Station.

His charcoal-and-white likeness was unveiled this morning during a brief ceremony that drew about 120 people. It faces southeast toward a grass hill that covers a water reservoir, overlooking the park that now bears Anderson’s name.

Anderson was the state’s first openly gay legislator.

He was born in 1948, and served in the Vietnam War as a military court reporter before becoming a Democratic activist. Anderson died in 1995 from illness related to AIDS.

The temporary artwork, by Kelly Lyles of West Seattle, will stay in place for two to four years, said Barbara Luecke,  Sound Transit art director.

The station is part of a three-mile $1.9 billion light rail extension connecting to Westlake Station and the University of Washington, to open in 2016.

We’ll post a full story on the ceremony later today. [do action=”gallery” galleryurl=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/photogalleries/localnews2017833474″]See photo gallery of the dedication ceremony.[/do]

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