New Crown Hill Value Village opens March 4th

The clothes are on the racks at the new Crown Hill Value Village.

While employees are busy getting the inside ready to open, Ryan “Henry” Ward is at work on the outside of the building.

“The Value Village team chose to work with Ryan “Henry” on this mural because he really is a Ballard icon, and the quirky, fun aspect of his paintings matches their own culture and that of the greater community,” Ian Jeffries the Value Village media spokesperson tells us.

Henry was at work all weekend on this 3,000 square foot wall, his biggest mural in Seattle. “I kinda wanted to just make it like, I guess, fun, portray the idea that shopping second hand is enjoyable so I’m making dancing elephants dressed in funky clothes,” he tells us. Along with this outside mural, he’s also painting in the employee break room.

The new Value Village at 8532 15th Ave NW. , which replaces the former QFC, opens on Thursday, March 4th at 9 a.m. Prior to the grand opening, there will be a dedication of Henry’s new mural. The first 500 people in the store will receive an autographed poster from the artist. (Thank you everyone for the emails about the mural!)

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Scott Haug
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Our family adores all of the Henry murals. So pleased to see his largest work yet so close to our home.

Meghan O'Connor
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Funny enough, I walked by this yesterday and wondered what it was. I'm sorry, but unicycling elephants and 3-humped camels in hideous color combinations? I though it was nauseating.

pioggia
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pioggia

Those elephants are great. I'll have to swing by & see them in person!

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Thanks for the overall improvement in the asthetic feel of the building.
Ignore the happy haters.

m
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m

Hurray for Henry – bright and cheerful!

Idle Activist
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Idle Activist

If only Henry could work his magic inside the shop and make that less depressing…..

great idea
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great idea

I'm all for whimsical art, but also dislike the color scheme.

I like some of Henry's other stuff, so will wait until it's finished before passing judgement. I'm sure others will voice their opinion now though.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

” dislike the color scheme”
“wait until it's finished before passing judgement”
pick one…

great idea
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great idea

Obviously I meant the colors he has employed so far.

I imagine he may be adding more color to it, so will judge the final mural it when it's finished.

I will also base my opinion on seeing the mural in person, rather than looking at a computer screen. This mural will be hard to miss.

Funny how the family mexican restaurant across the street had to remove some of their outdoor mural as it was perceived as graffitti.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Did it have prior approval?
Many murals have fallen due to violations. Murals construed as billboards, advertising, offensive, etc. You can't just paint what you want on the side of any building.
Anyhow, I just thought that your post contradicted itself.
I haven't seen it completed yet, but don't think I'll get my panties in a bunch either way.
I wonder if the FDA will have to rule that this mural is also a 'choking hazard'…some people need to take a deep breath.

leafdrop
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leafdrop

I love Henry's art work! Everywhere I go in the city it looks great ,very vibrant.

LBB
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LBB

@onderfullone: I think people would be more inclined to listen (or read and really think about) your arguments on other issues if you didn't always seem itching for a fight. diorama-boy made a pretty innocuous statement all things considered. Pick your battles and maybe people won't immediately ignore you due to needless vitriol.

great idea
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great idea

If I recollect, the mexican restaurant had painted a few smiley faces on their sign/windows.

smiley faces!

I believe they were told to remove it because it looked like a gang tag or something.
I don't know who told them to remove it. Who regulates this sort of thing? Did Henry actually take a mock-up to the DPD and talk to someone?

I think if you own the building, you can pretty much paint whatever you want on it.

Kris
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Kris

Let all hope it can stay tag free for more then a month!

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Looks like it belongs on a kindergarten class wall.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Maybe a trademark issue? I dunno about that issue, but have heard of fish, toy trains and stick figures all being removed due to some violation of code.
I'd like to agree that if you own a building, you could paint what-ever you want on it.
It's just not the case around here.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Well, you are with the majority, sir.
I'm just hard edged, that's how I was made.
Been through many exercises designed specifically to round me off some.
They failed. I'm not happy about it either.

Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

Yeah and that makes it “quirky” and “fun” and “interesting.”

gee dub
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gee dub

New signage would have us believe this is a charitable donation headquarters.

But VV is a for-profit corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange (can't recall name at moment). Charities- – Comunity Services for the Blind, NW Center for the Retarded –benefit when they bring stuff they've collected from us (“We'll have a truck in your neighborhood….”) to Value Village and get paid for it.

Everybody wins, and I truly love the place, but the sign is very misleading.

great idea
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great idea

“New signage would have us believe this is a charitable donation headquarters”

what signage are you talking about? the mural?
not sure that it screams non-profit to me.

squid
Member

This actually isn't the case.

The whole thing was miscommunication between the owner of the building and the owner of Michoacan.

The city did send a letter to remove graffiti from the building, but the smiley face was never mentioned in the letter. Either the building owner or business owner believed the smiley face to be an issue.

Once the city caught wind of the confusion, they immediately checked in with the business owner.

In the end, the smiley face is still there smiling back at you.

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Interesting I suppose for those in kindergarten. Are you in kindergarten?

Janet
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Janet

henry rules! this is tranforming the entire area into a more positive and fun environment. public art is linked to lowering crime rates. remove art and crime increases.

Alysse M
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Alysse M

Yes. Savers Inc. You can read about their business model on wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savers

factmonkey
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factmonkey

Not the mural. Look at the last picture of the store above. There's green lettering on the upper-left corner of the building itself, along with a green square on the bottom of their free-standing sign, which both say “Community Donation Center.” I agree with geedub that this is a bit misleading. You and the community would both be better off to donate directly to a charity. I don't think you'd be eligible for a tax deduction is you dropped items off at Value Vilage.

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