Thursday, May 17, 2012

Billy King Pioneer Square Mural

Billy King Pioneer Square Mural

The “Billy King Pioneer Square Mural” is on the west side of a brick building on the corner of Yesler Way and Post Avenue. The mural, executed in 2002, is by Billy King, an artist who is intimately familiar with the neighborhood having spent 40 years living and working there according to his blog. When we look at the mural, two things come to mind: the Mambo Kings and Lynda Barry’s artwork for her book The Good Times are Killing Me. As we were taking pictures of the mural, a tourist walked by with a thick Texas(?) accent and said “If you all are taking a picture of something it must be something important to see.”
Billy King Pioneer Square MuralBilly King Pioneer Square Mural

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