This mural, which overlooks Hing Hay Park was designed by graphic artist John Woo. He is presently doing work in New York.
The mural was dedicated at the June 18 International District Summer Festival.
The mural’s theme is “Asian pioneers in America.” The mural depicts: cannery workers, agricultural workers, railroad workers, concentration camp internees and an Asian festival scene. A dragon is the central image. The dragon surrounds the International District, with the Domed Stadium in the background.
The 22 ft. by 60 ft. mural was painted on the south side of the Bush Hotel by Ackerly Communication, through the Downtown Seattle Development Association. The project’s funding included: $1500 from community groups and individuals, and another $1500 from the Seattle Arts Commission.
The jury which selected Woo’s design from among 15 entries was made of: Ed Louie, the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce; Joey Ing from the Wing Luke Museum; Lawrence Imamura, International District Economic Association; Bea Kiyohara, Asian Multi-Media; Cynthia Mejia and Yin Wah Aston from the Seattle Art Museum.