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Public Art in South Lake Union with Ten Hundred

by Brooks Chambers
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Ten Hundred (Peter Robinson) is an artist and designer from Seattle, WA. He specializes in bright, colorful, imaginative character work inspired by cartoons and anime, street art and graffiti, childlike imagination, comics, world cultures, religions, and folklore.

This past September, Peter and some friends from Newspin Photo came by the CreativeLive Seattle office. Peter put together a gorgeous mural that brings some much needed color to Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood (SLU). It’s always inspiring to watch artists who have leveraged their talent into an inspiring career, but even moreso when they’re working at your front door.

Public Art in South Lake Union

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Walk us through the concept of the mural.

“There’s this whole separate world inside of my head and sometimes, when I’m creating my art, I feel like that’s the way I let that world out. This mural is a very literal illustration of that concept.

“There’s a character and he’s got all these crazy thoughts inside his head and they’re just sorta exploding out in this explosion of creativity and imagination. The mural is called ‘The World Inside My Head’ and it’s about letting your thoughts run wild and recklessly pursuing your dreams.”

Public Art in South Lake Union

Courtesy of Newspin Photo

Why is beautifying the South Lake Union neighborhood important to you?

“Adding a mural to the South Lake Union neighborhood in particular is really important to me and something that I’m really passionate about because I think there’s no other neighborhood in Seattle that better exemplifies the way that Seattle is changing.

“There’s all these big, new, beautiful glass and steel buildings and everything is very…sort of…to the plan and made for a purpose and there’s not a whole lot of character and soul in this part of town. I want to bring a little bit of joy to my community and a little bit of surprise and a little bit of wonder.”

Public Art in South Lake Union

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How is it different for you working privately in a small space vs. out in the world on a piece of community art?

“The overall process of working out in the community is a lot more fun and a lot more energizing because you’re getting reinvigorated every time someone passes by. People are waving from their car and honking, yelling ‘Good Job!’ and that kinda thing.

Public Art in South Lake Union

Courtesy of Newspin Photo

“When I’m in my little studio it’s like a battle against myself like ‘Is it good enough?’ and ‘Do I like this? Is this cool?’ It’s very cerebral. But being out on the street is just fun.

“One of the number one things people said to me when they were passing by is ‘Thank you, this neighborhood needs some art – this neighborhood needs some creativity.’”

Public Art in South Lake Union

Courtesy of Newspin Photo

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Brooks Chambers is an excitable design advocate and writer at CreativeLive. He loves people and the stuff they make.