Black Lives Matter Plywood Mural

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Creator

Erin Shigaki and Scott Méxcal with community members

Title

Black Lives Matter Plywood Mural

Coverage

JACKSON BUILDING, Seattle, WA 98104

Description

A multi-panel plywood mural in teal and blue and wheatpasted with portraits of those murdered by police. George Floyd, Sandra Bland, David McAtee, Charleena Lyles, Manuel Ellis, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery are included. The mural also includes a photograph of the last time the neighborhood had boarded windows. This occurred in June 1942 during the forced removal and incarceration of all west coast Japanese Americans by the US government.

Source

Note from Erin Shigaki on May 30, 2022: "Much of this mural is still up (all portraits - which we have repaired 3-4 times to date), as the Chinatown International District neighborhood is one of the most econmically fragile in Seattle and many shop owners continue to experience an uptick in break-ins and vandalism. This uptick began at the onset of the COVID19 pandemic when anti-Asian xenophobic rhetoric was spread by Trump and in a historically repeating pattern, eagerly digested by many. When our neighborhood was boarded up, we experienced a shocking reminder of how the very building and neighborhood had boarded up in 1942 after all Japanese Americans on the west coast (including my family) were mass incarcerated without due process of law."

Rights

Artists: Erin Shigaki and Scott Méxcal
Photographer: Rachel Weiher; Erin Shigaki

@koboseattleshop, @itsumonoseattle

Publisher

Urban Art Mapping Research Project

Contributor

RW

Identifier

UAM-GF_2875

Original Format

Plywood

Geolocation

Comments

Hello, so glad to know about this archive (via the recent op-ed by Charles Blow).

I wish to cite that myself and Scott Méxcal are the creators of this piece, and that we had help from many community members in the week it took to install it. Much of this mural is still up (all portraits - which we have repaired 3-4 times to date), as the Chinatown International District neighborhood is one of the most econmically fragile in Seattle and many shop owners continue to experience an uptick in break-ins and vandalism. This uptick began at the onset of the COVID19 pandemic when anti-Asian xenophobic rhetoric was spread by Trump and in a historically repeating pattern, eagerly digested by many. When our neighborhood was boarded up, we experienced a shocking reminder of how the very building and neighborhood had boarded up in 1942 after all Japanese Americans on the west coast (including my family) were mass incarcerated without due process of law.

All best,

Erin Shigaki

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