Seattle University’s CitySoil Farm collaborated with local artist Ricardo Israel and Renton Area Youth Services (RAYS) to design an aerosol art mural at King County’s South Treatment Plant in Renton. .
CitySoil is a 1.5-acre-farm located at the treatment plant and operated by Seattle University students. The farm offers environmental and food system education to the public and donates all produce to local food banks.
About 12 students participated in a hands-on food systems experience and aerosol design orientation at the farm on July 29 followed by a day of aerosol artwork led by Israel on Aug. 7.
Israel designed and created the centerpiece of the art installation and the youth group made several quarter-sized pieces to surround the centerpiece. Designs include the CitySoil Farm logo plus images of fruit, vegetables, and youth designs inspired by food or other urban themes.
The mural will be displayed on the treatment plant’s fence facing Southwest Grady Way, and visible to passersby from I-405. Views of the mural will also be available from the Black River Trail and a nearby bus stop.
A grant from 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, provided a stipend to Israel and the members of the youth group. The project supported a local artist and youth-learning opportunities while bringing life to an industrial area and the surrounding community.
For more information on the project, CitySoil Farm, RAYS, or King County’s South Treatment Plant in Renton, please visit the following websites:
CitySoil Farm http://www.citysoilfarm.org/ , RAYS http://rays.org/, South Treatment Plant https://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/About/System/South.aspx