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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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