Photo by Eric Mathison
An artist has been selected to paint a mural on the Dollar Store’s white wall across from Burien Libray and City Hall.

Artist selected for mural on Dollar Store wall

A big white blank spot in downtown Burien will be transformed this summer into a colorful mural.

An artist has been selected to paint the Dollar Store wall across from the Burien Library/City Hall. The painting will most likely start in July, according to Burien Parks Recreation Manager Debbie Zemke. The identity of the artist has not been made public.

The community may even get involved in the painting, according to Parks director Michael Lafreniere.

Burien Cultural Arts supervisor Gina Kallman put out a call for artists in January looking for someone experienced with design and installation of large mural projects.

The call was sweetened by a budget of $12,000 including cost of materials. Kallman said she was looking for an artist or artist team to create a dynamic innovative mural on the giant white wall located on 4th Avenue S.W. between S.W. 152nd and S.W. 150th streets.

About 35 artists applied. A jury of arts commissioners, community members and business people chose the artist to create and paint the mural.

The next step is for the artist to develop the design concept. That will be presented to the Burien Arts Commission, which will make a recommendation to the City Council.

Money from the city’s special “One Percent for Public Art” fund will be used for the project.

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