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Storm Drain Art in Friday Harbor

This beautiful painting of a Giant Pacific Octopus is displayed in Friday Harbor, not as a wall hanging, but rendered on the storm drain in front of the Whale Museum on First Avenue.  The site is an easy walk from Tucker House Inn.

Pacific Giant Octopus art at the Whale Museum friday harbor
Newly painted Pacific Giant Octopus reminding visitors to the Whale Museum that curbside drainage goes directly into the marine environment

The artist is Lindsay Carron, who resides in Alaska, but has collaborated with communities on public art projects from New York to Kenya. Here is what Lindsay had to say about working in Friday Harbor:

“Painting the storm drain was a great way to talk to people about environmental stewardship and our impact on the oceans.  It was also my introduction to the art community of San Juan.  The community of Friday Harbor just passed a mural ordinance on July 16th after a moratorium.  The very next day, the board received my mural proposal for the side of The Whale Museum.”

The proposed mural is an example of the collaboration of Orcas, Salmon and Kelp in the Salish Sea surrounding the San Juan Islands.

 mural on the side of the Whale Museum Building by Lindsay Carron
Proposed mural for the side of the Whale Museum Building by Lindsay Carron

Lindsay’s artist statement is simple:

“My art is intricate, layered, deep. Each line is a prayer calling to the spirit of what is being created. My art is bigger than self. It traverses landscapes and time. It is a bridge between worlds and an expanded perspective. Through my art, my soul dances.”

Visit Lindsay’s website and follow her adventures on her blog.

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