New Hope Blooming for the Tacoma Dome?

Is it time for a makeover for the Tacoma Dome? 

Once upon a time, when the Tacoma Dome was brand new, and the one percent for the arts program was strong, there was a brief moment when the Tacoma Dome could have become an enormous canvas for an Andy Warhol work.  Instead…  Well, you know how it turned out.

But, according to the TNT, Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride has been exploring the possibility of giving the Warhol treatment to the Dome, possibly the next time the 5-acre blue roof needs replacing.  The City still retains the original lithographs submitted with Warhol’s proposal in 1982, and the idea has a lot of support from many Tacomans, who would like to be welcomed home by the sight of an enormous work by a world-famous artist.  Even the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh seems supportive.  Without a formal proposal, however, the Warhol Foundation in New York won’t comment, and they’re the ones with the actual rights to the work.

Here’s the original letter from the Andy Warhol Studio.

A mock up of the aerial view in yellow (you’ll have to imagine the LeMay next door).

A side view mock up in yellow.

And here it is in blue, if the yellow is too loud for you.

It didn’t happen 30 years ago.  Could it happen now? 

Tacoma Dome history seen previously on Exit133: Tacoma Dome – The Dream Becomes Reality.

Read the recent coverage from The News Tribune.

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Ew.  The colors on that thing would be horrid!  Please don’t do that to us!  Ew!

October 24, 2011 at 11:43 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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the Jinxmedic

The “flower” design was originally rejected for a reason. As “cool” as a Warhol design might be, it’s a bad idea for the Dome.

The current scheme echoes the waters of the sound, the treelined hills, and the angles of the nearby mountains; the triangular theme emphasizes the wooden geodesic construction of the dome, and the colors work beautifully in both blue and overcast skies. All they need to do is figure out a way to keep it clean…

October 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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The dome design is a bore, designed not to inspire but to offend the fewest number of people.  We’ve got way more than enough orcas, trees and mountain scenes.  What we need is some adventure and imagination.

October 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Erik B.

Great idea.  Tacoma has grown to appreciate art more since the 1980s.

What is interesting is that Warhol’s proposal “Flower for Tacoma Dome” has grown to be extremely popular.  There are dozens of web sites that sell the design as posters, cups, and other items. alone has 80 “Flower for Tacoma” items:…

Now if Tacoma can only be so lucky to get the design on the Tacoma Dome!

October 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Peter Peter

What we need is some adventure and imagination.

RR Anderson style imagination and adventure or something else? I think I need a picture to help me understand an adventurous Tacoma Dome.

October 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Published Author, RR Anderson

forget Warhol,  the estate is going to ring tacoma for every penny.  Sell the roof to Clear Channel for ad space in exchange for removing their illegal billboards. 

OR hire Jeremy Gregory to do a ‘dark and whimsical’  rip off of the Warhol flower.  The dude works cheap. Just ask the City Arts magazine!

October 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Published Author, RR Anderson

as an homage to <span class=“caps”>JBLM</span> afghanistan veterans, can the flower be a poppy blossom ?

October 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jeremy Gregory

Poor, poor, little jealous man…

October 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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RR Anderson

dude! the world is on fire and you’re playing with hipster barbie dolls ! 

Where is your occupy inflammatory art?

October 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jeremy Gregory

Poor poor little jealous man. You can do it too! Dont be sad about yourself just do it! Theres a champ inside of that bearded double chin, just let him out!:)

HaHa Puppet Revolution!

October 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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RR Anderson

hey hey hey..  we have matching bearded double chins <span class=“caps”>AND</span> balding spots… brothers from different mothers.  Viva revolution!

October 27, 2011 at 9:10 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Gerry Sperry

A few Tacoman’s know that I’ve worked to promote an image of earth on the dome for over 30 years. As the peril of our planet increases exponentially the image of earth - the ultimate pop icon - becomes more relevant with each passing day. I want Tacoma to lead the way in 21st Century awareness and strategies for clean energy, progressive humanistic values and a healthy biosphere. I believe my eARTh: HOME DOME concept would draw more consistent attention to our city than the tired Warhol. Amy McBride and the Arts Commission have known of my concept for at least a decade but they have suppressed my idea in order to promote the Warhol Amy’s insider agenda. Truth is, Warhol didn’t give a damn about Tacoma; I doubt he even knew where we are. I’m a Tacoma native totally in love with my home town. I want us to be in the avant-garde of the movement to save our planet and create a better world. An image of earth on the dome would symbolize our unending commitment.

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