July 20, 2011

HIV30: Take Action Seattle

On July 14, HIV:30: Take Action Seattle unveiled the first of three banners to grace Broadway in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This community project is a collaboration of a number of organizations including Gay City Health Project, Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, Pride Foundation, and Lifelong AIDS Alliance - full list of supporting organizations here. For photos and updates, check out www.hiv-30.org. If you want to get more involved, the project would like "your stories, photos and anything else you feel should be commemorated regarding HIV/AIDS in Seattle" - contact: Robert at robert@gaycity.org.

More info:
Seattle Gay News
Capitol Hill Seattle

Capitol Hill Seattle reports on the vandalism of the HIV:30 banner.

July 13, 2011

Nicole Bernard, Jess Rees - "Mapping Capitol Hill"

Sign Savant
The latest project to grace the red walls is a neighborhood history project by Nicole Bernard and Jess Rees, two Capitol Hill residents, entitled “Mapping Capitol Hill”. The installation opened on Broadway (between Denny and John) on Thursday, June 9, 2011 and will be up through at least summer 2012.

"The project is a 23 foot wall mural using large scale reproductions of historic maps of the
neighborhood highlighting main transportation corridors in 1893, 1950, and 2011 as well as greater
Seattle transportation and history timelines. The aim of the artists is to peel away layers of history built up over the last twelve decades and share with neighbors site-specific details about the area in which we all live. We tend to think of a neighborhood as ours. Timeless, changeless, and pure. But of course cities and especially the Capitol Hill neighborhood are vibrant and dynamic places. It is the nature of a living neighborhood to develop and grow - sometimes the changes are celebrated, sometimes painful, and sometimes bittersweet. When something we love seemingly disappears, it’s hard to see how transformations are always positive, but it's in the character of a lively neighborhood like Capitol Hill tobe in a constant state of flux."

"Nicole Bernard and Jess Rees, two local history buffs, decided to look into just exactly how
our neighborhood has changed by examining its most basic element--the streets. Amid the
disruption of new construction, the project also celebrates the anchoring landmarks of Capitol Hill--
places like Broadway Market, Bobby Morris playfield, or repurposed Auto Row buildings along the Pike/
Pine corridor. Jess and Nicole create a visual narrative of how the footprint of our neighborhood has
changed--or remained the same--over the years. From carriage pathways and electric trolleys to Sound Transit’s light rail station opening in 2016 transportation has evolved. Nicole and Jess situate these evolutions in the context of greater Seattle history and urban growth. Visitors and neighborhood residents alike are invited to explore this dichotomy and also participateby celebrating our streets and locating places of special significance on these historic maps. Intersecting layers of complexity of our many histories are what make Capitol Hill such a lively, dynamic, and special neighborhood. We invite everyone to share their Capitol Hill stories and memories on the Mapping Capitol Hill facebook page, which can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/mappingcapitolhill.

Jess Rees is a local artist and musician whose work can be seen at jessrees.com. Nicole works for a regional sustainability research center in downtown Seattle and has lived in Capitol Hill since 2004. Nicole and Jess can be reached for comment or further questions at mappingcapitolhill@gmail.com."