Colorful mural replaces drab walls of bike trail tunnel

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Art is in the eyes of the bicyclists as they pass a brightly painted mural taking shape inside the Burke-Gilman Trail tunnel in Bothell, WA.

BGTunnel2I pedaled up there on Tuesday and saw a dozen  volunteers enjoying their task of filling in the lines drawn by local artist Kristen Ramirez.

It looks like they’re just about done with the project that started in early July.

King County and 4Culture commissioned Ramirez to create the colorful mural in the formerly drab Wayne Tunnel that passes beneath 96th Avenue NE in Bothell.

A committee chose Ramirez after receiving 52 applications for the project and narrowing the selection down to four. Ramirez, a Seattle-based printmaker, painter and public artist, won the competition. Her work is on display at website, and elsewhere.

Ramirez did some research to come up with the design, then put out a call to volunteers to help with the project, which covers the entire length of the 250-foot passageway on the trail, which is listed by Rails to Trails Conservancy’s Hall of Fame.

The tunnel has been open while people work; bicyclists have been asked to dismount and walk their bikes past the painting zone.

You can learn more about the project at Wayne Tunnel FAQ and “Colorful addition…”

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