The SODO Track has transformed the portal to Downtown Seattle – a two-mile transit corridor traveled by over 50,000 daily – into an imaginative raceway in motion. This free and accessible urban art gallery is the first to commission over 60 artists from 20 countries to explore one theme, and paint side-by-side.
Over three summers, hometown heroes and renowned international artists – invited by curator Gage Hamilton and who self-submitted to 4Culture’s Muralist Roster – produced over 50 murals exploring motion, speed and progress. Their diverse array of ideas, perspectives, and aesthetics come together in a continuous line of sight, connecting the local to global in one communal creative experiment.
The SODO Track spans 5th Ave South between Royal Brougham Way and Spokane Street, in Seattle’s South of Downtown (SODO) neighborhood.
64 artists produced 51 murals in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
The SODO Track spans 5th Ave South between Royal Brougham Way and Spokane Street.
Ride Sound Transit Link light rail between Stadium and Beacon Hill Stations to experience 35 artworks painted between Royal Brougham and S Forest Street in 2016, 17, and 18.
Ride Metro Transit bus number 150 or 594 between “SODO Busway & S Royal Brougham Way” and “SODO Busway Acrd & S Spokane” Stations to experience 51 artworks painted between Royal Brougham and Spokane St in 2016, 17, and 18. These buses also stop at SODO Station, so you can combine bus and train.
Walk or cycle the SODO Trail to experience 20 artworks painted up close and at your own pace. The SODO Trail extends from Royal Brougham to S Forest St on the east side of the SODO Busway. From there, you can also see 5 murals across the way, on the west side of the SODO Busway.
Gage is an artist, curator and the co-organizer of Forest For The Trees, a nonprofit public art project in Portland, OR. Commissioned by 4Culture, Gage developed a Public Art Plan for the SODO Track and is curating its three summer festivals.
Tamar manages public art projects for 4Culture. Her partner portfolio includes King County Metro and Sound Transit, which invest % for Art in the production of contemporary art for shared public space. She is the project manager for SODO Track.
Dominic, a fine art documentarian and creative producer, is the SODO Track lead photographer and production coordinator. See more of his work by following wiseknave.
Kathleen is the director of Urban ArtWorks, a Seattle nonprofit that provides opportunities for underserved youth and contemporary artists to work together. UA youth participate in SODO Track Artist-led workshops and help maintain the project’s “black line.”
Erin is the Executive Director of the SODO BIA, representing SODO’s property and business owners. The BIA endorsed the Public Art Plan for the SODO Track and is a financial contributor to the project.