The "Century 21 Exposition" brought the iconic Space Needle, the monorail, and many other space age landmarks to what is now known as Seattle Center.
Many cities lost money on their world's fair projects, and the sites sat largely unused after the crowds dispersed, but not in Seattle. With 10 million visitors in 1962, the fair turned a profit.
And now, 55 years later, the Seattle Center is the beating heart of our city, with Key Arena, many theaters, museums, and attractions bringing locals and tourists alike. Plus, it houses great non-profits like SIFF, the VERA Project, and of course, KEXP radio.
The Mural Amphitheater was part of the fair's World of Commerce and Industry. The colorful glass mosaic itself was created by Japanese-American artist Paul Horiuchi. It was the region's largest work of art at the time.
The tradition of free, awesome summer Concerts at the Mural was brought back to life by KEXP in 2009, with Blitzen Trapper kicking off the first show.
Find a complete schedule of mural shows at kexp.org. Head down and drink a beer, lounge on the grass, and enjoy these amazing free shows every Friday evening in August.
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