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Aug. 19, 2008 at 7:23am

6'x28' Mural Proposed for Gilbert Park

So, after the BLID work subsides in and around that little triangle park adjacent to City Hall it looks like plans call for a large mural to adorn the wall vertically separating Market St. from the park. The proposed tile work itself measures a panoramic 28' wide by 6' tall and will be based on a News Tribune photo from 1926 that shows throngs of Tacoma baseball fans (5,000 according to an article in the Daily Index) filling the streets awaiting World Series returns from the nearby paper headquarters. In the background is the old YMCA building (now the Vintage Y condos), the former Daily Ledger and News Tribune building, and that cool Bavarian looking building that was home to the former Ida's (now Mix) and Puget Sound Pizza.

As a huge fan of muraling the heck out of Tacoma period this looks like it will be a thoughtful and welcome addition to this historic corner of downtown. Ben Gilbert Park will also likely be getting some attention as a demonstration project of the City's Crime Prevention by Environmental Design principles.

Thanks Erik B!

comments [11]  |  posted under art, blid, downtown, mural, park, tacoma


by FunkomaVintage on 8/19/2008 @ 9:28am
City's Crime Prevention by Environmental Design principles...which consists of: cameras? barbed wire? entry kiosk requiring an AE card, and a very very mini police station?

by Jennifer Boutilier -- Underdog City on 8/19/2008 @ 10:12am
I haven't heard much about the city's plans for crime prevention, but the influence of environmental psychology on urban design is too, too cool. The best part may be that there are actually non-ugly, non-invasive ways to deter criminals, and they have a side effect of making the city nicer to look at for all of us.

I sound like a rah-rah city cheerleader now, don't I? Gooooooooo T-Town!!!

by KevinFreitas on 8/19/2008 @ 10:26am
I'm with you Jennifer. There's always a balance to be struck between desirable design and how it can function as a safe, inviting place. I'm all for incorporating this into future and other public space overhauls.

After it's complete it'll be interesting to see how this pocket park compares to, say, McCormick Park with it's ugly new fencing.

by Erik on 8/19/2008 @ 11:32am
This has always been an odd little space. They are re-building the wall again now.

CPTED basically addresses how an area is laid out:

Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts. As of 2004, most implementations of CPTED occur solely within the built environment.


I don't see that there is going to be any fencing in this one just an attempt at a central square so there are not hiding places in it.

by Jake on 8/19/2008 @ 12:28pm
Where did the name Gilbert Park come from? On the BLID site the city staff said it was nameless. I thought it was part of "Ledger Square".

by dawntown on 8/19/2008 @ 9:53pm
If anyone is looking for some art muscle...

Let me know.

This would be a dream come true

by ixia on 8/22/2008 @ 12:11pm
Hmm, I am wondering where the funding is coming from, who selected this particular mural and will there e a call to artists? Is there public money involved?
Who did the press release so we can find out more?

by Erik on 8/22/2008 @ 3:58pm
Its in one of the City Managers report.

Most likely, it passed through the art commission as it is part of the LID.

by ixia on 8/22/2008 @ 8:45pm
Thanks Erik,
According to Anderson's report, public money is involved. Why would public works staff do preliminary drawings and not an artist? I have a call in to the arts commission. Hopefully we will know more soon...

by Mary at THS on 11/20/2008 @ 8:44pm
Ben Gilbert was a long-time member of the city's Landmarks Commission. Before coming to Tacoma, he was a successful reporter and editor for the Washington Post. He died in 2007.

While the park "hardscape" is a part of the BLID, the mural is being funded through private dollars. Blaine Johnson (the Passages Bdg) is heading the project. Donations can be made to Tacoma Historical Society for the Ben Gilbert Park Project.

by Mofo from the Hood on 11/21/2008 @ 10:11am
Ladies and Gentlemen, isn't it clear? Criminals do not like murals. They do not like high-end architecture. They do not appreciate fine jewelry, fine dining, furs, exotic cars, or yachts.

Criminals have no interest in destroying the equity, taking excess money profits, of a capitalist society. Criminals have no interest in penalizing a population of responsible productive people who use profit to buy tools that increase production of goods and services.

Criminals are only interested in the material well-being of the poor.

I hope that this privately funded mural proves to control criminals. But let's double the odds that it will. I say that new lighting, pink lighting should be installed. I'm referring to the lighting system that is currently used on local buses.

Ladies and Gentlemen, consider the material well-being of the good, the true, the beautiful.


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