Roof Art

Roof Arthas been around for years. Normally the artworkis a theme of what the business is. Like different colors of shingles like that of a Minnesota barn, weaved intoa 70 foot design of a brown and white dairy cow, or a bright yellow shark on top of a flat roofof a biological field station in the Bahamas. There are many art designs on roofs I have seen, butthe coolest roof art of all . . . .is in Seattle Washington.

Marlis-PetersonMarlin Peterson an artist,was commissioned by Washington State Art Trust to paint a mural anywhere in Seattle. Marlins typical murals are on city walls but he wanted to change it up a little andafter gaining permission withthe Seattle Center Armory, he began his next muralon the roof. Being just below the famous Space Needle, Marlin would have a fresh audience everyday. One can only imagine what goes on in the mind of an artist and how they pick their nextsubject but I really like this mural and Iamamazed at how realistic the two characters turned out to be.

Marlin Peterson SpiderBuildinga model himself, using lighting to create shadows and with simple math, he came up with a design for his roof art.He prepared the slightly pitched, mineral surfaced roof by sweeping and scrubbing off seagull droppings. Marlin said to me that, at first the seagulls were frightened byhim but soon returned to inspect his work and deposit more droppings daily. In a short 2 1/2 weeks, Marlin completed a pair of Daddy Long Legs crawling across the roof top of the Seattle Center which is a Food Court at this time. One spider spanning almost 100 feet the other about 80.The correct name for these spidersis Arachnids. A-rack-nids They are in the scorpion and tick family and are said not to be spiders at all.

Roof ArtMarlin Peterson started this muralin 2012 andthe mural is still there. . . .as of this blog writing. The Daddy Long Legs roof art hasbeen maintained every few years by Marlin and will be there until the roof is redone. Hopefully long enough for you to see for your self from the Seattle Space Needle.

For more information about Marlin Peterson and his art please visit his website and Facebook. Use of these photos is restricted. Please respect Marlins art.

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