Recently, the B-Town Beat had the opportunity to host the French artist, ‘Mantra.’
Mantra is a self-educated artist who hails from Metz, France. Sam Sneke, one of the organizers of the Beat, and the curator for the Art Alley, was contacted by Mantra prior to a visit to the States to see if there were any art opportunities here for him while he was in town.
We were very excited to add international flair to the dynamic walls in the Alley! Mantra collaborated with Sneke on the southeast portion of the main art wall. In addition, Mantra created his own piece on the wall behind Burien Press.
I told John White about the new alley art and he was quick check out what was happening. He had recently had a conversation with Guy Harper, another Burien arts supporter, about putting a mural on the West wall of the building in Olde Burien occupying the Northwest corner of 152nd at Ambaum.
The wall was seriously dilapidated and a sore subject for local businesses, particularly Phoenix Tea.
John shares: “I was stunned at the talent of this spray-can-man from France”
After seeing Mantra’s work, John knew that this was an amazing opportunity for the Olde Burien wall.
Because Mantra had a limited time here in the States organizing the event had to happen quickly. John created what he calls a “decision stakeholder’s wheel” which included business owners situated close to the mural site.
He divided the stakeholders into two categories, primary and secondary, and visited each about the impending project, including them in the decision- making process.
The main stakeholders were contacted including the Burien Arts Commission and the building owner.
Approval was given by both. John built the 16’ x 12’ plywood canvas at his home and hauled it up to the wall.