East is West

Photo by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Posted September 2018.
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The freestanding mosaic mural consists of three two-sided panels that were designed to face east on one side and west on the other side. A collection of symbols on the artwork refers to the Filipino community in Seattle as well as cultures that have influenced the Philippines.

The east-facing side of the mural refers to mythological and cultural symbology and is comprised of three sections. In the first section, the colors of the Spanish flag (red and yellow) are favored, along with European/Christian imagery: the ichthys, the head of a bull, the cross. The second section, in red, white, and blue includes Jewish, American and Chinese stars; milkfish, a Philippine food source; and rooster imagery, which is symbolic of Malayan cultures. The third section uses the colors of the flag of the Philippines (red, yellow, blue, and white), and depicts various mythological creatures, including the salmon as a symbol of Northwest Natives. Cutouts in the mural permit views through the artwork.

Location

Dr. Jose P. Rizal Park, 1008 12th Ave S
Seattle

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