Waves, Stars and Ferries / by Cynthia Lait

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While waiting for the ferry inside the ferry terminal a few weeks ago, I noticed that the inside of the terminal was a large space, with virtually nothing on the walls, outside of a few brochure stands and a couple of bulletin boards. People were sitting around, looking at their phones waiting for the boarding announcement. Looking around, it seemed as if the walls were crying out for art…

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But, as with any public space, anything that is attached to a wall can grow legs, so security is an issue.  Then it dawned on me:  murals, the space needed a few murals.  Why not paint murals on the walls  to make the interior more engaging, more welcoming to Bainbridge Island visitors?  But where to start?

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The building is owned by WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation).  So after a few emails, I managed to find someone in their marketing department.  I took a few photos and proposed a couple of designs, and now the proposal is working its way through WSDOT management.  

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a ferry terminal that reflects the beauty of Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest?

Stay tuned as the negotiations continue.  Should WSDOT give the go-ahead, I’ll set up a funding site to see if there’s interest in the project.  I’m hoping the answer is yes!