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From the eyes on Maple Street Bridge to a pixelated Jesus, Spokane has its fair share of memorable murals

UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 9:49 p.m.

From staff reports

There are a handful of murals around Spokane in addition to the recent painting on Stevens Street by artists Shelby Allison and Susan Webber.

Face to faces: Todd Benson paints over grid lines as he and his brother, Cain, create a mural at the corner of Maple Street and Second Avenue in downtown Spokane. The brothers are one of four teams selected by the Spokane Arts Fund to paint murals on underpasses along Wall, Howard, Cedar and Maple streets. Cain Benson said the images were selected to make you smile. “This is what we would like our city to be.” (Dan Pelle)
Face to faces: Todd Benson paints over grid lines as he and his brother, Cain, create a mural at the corner of Maple Street and Second Avenue in downtown Spokane. The brothers are one of four teams selected by the Spokane Arts Fund to paint murals on underpasses along Wall, Howard, Cedar and Maple streets. Cain Benson said the images were selected to make you smile. “This is what we would like our city to be.” (Dan Pelle)

The Spokane Arts Commission fund paid Todd and Cain Benson to do the series of giant faces at Third Avenue and Maple Street. The Benson brothers also painted the giant eyes on the walls at the north end of the Maple Street Bridge, and the pair were commissioned for the giant black-and-white faces on the ceilings inside the main entrance of the Spokane Arena.

Artist Matt Smith stands under the Stevens Street underpass where he has painted a series of stylized fish to decorate the cement walls. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Artist Matt Smith stands under the Stevens Street underpass where he has painted a series of stylized fish to decorate the cement walls. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Arts Commission funding has paid for several generations of murals and art projects in traffic underpasses under the railroad viaduct downtown.

A mural featuring the pixelated face of Jesus  painted on the side of a Second Avenue building is the latest offering from local artist Daniel Lopez. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
A mural featuring the pixelated face of Jesus painted on the side of a Second Avenue building is the latest offering from local artist Daniel Lopez. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Artist Daniel Lopez, a former graffiti artist who signs his work “Godffiti,” has completed several interesting murals around Spokane, including some of historical Spokane scenes. He may have grabbed the most interest with a mural on the side of the Spokane Dream Center, which is the old Merlin Hotel: a portrait of Jesus with a crown of thorns, but with a face that appears to be a mass of digital pixels.

Artist Cassie Stratton, 24, left, paints as teacher Scott Sorensen, center, sets up a ladder, while Shelby Hoadley, 16, paints, as they complete a mural on Monday in the Hillyard neighborhood. (Tyler Tjomsland)
Artist Cassie Stratton, 24, left, paints as teacher Scott Sorensen, center, sets up a ladder, while Shelby Hoadley, 16, paints, as they complete a mural on Monday in the Hillyard neighborhood. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Several buildings in Hillyard have murals of historic railroad and pioneer scenes on the sides of old buildings, which remind locals of the proud heritage of the neighborhood. Artist Tom Quinn created some of them. Others were created by various artists or college students, including those on the Northeast Community Center.

Artist Tom Quinn works on his mural project at Sprague and Division on Aug. 27. (Jesse Tinsley)
Artist Tom Quinn works on his mural project at Sprague and Division on Aug. 27. (Jesse Tinsley)

Quinn, a prolific artist and muralist, created the scenes at Sprague Avenue and Division Street, featuring the falls, giant marmots and early Spokane celebrated character Willie Wiley. His work can be found at many sites around Spokane.

The King of Glory mural can be seen on a building in downtown Spokane, shown Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The King of Glory mural can be seen on a building in downtown Spokane, shown Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Although its origins are now murky, a giant mural up the south side of the building known as the Pioneer Pathway House is titled “King of Glory,” featuring a stylized and somewhat frightening mythical man on horseback riding through the clouds.

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