Tacoma Dome painting plan to be tested



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Posted on April 23, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 11:24 PM

TACOMA -- Since its opening more than thirty years ago, the Tacoma Dome hasn't changed much on the outside.  It remains a grayish fixture on the city's landscape.

However, that could change.

"Imagine a pop," said city arts administrator Amy McBride, "Makes more sense than it did thirty years ago, frankly."

McBride is referencing the 1981 competition which attracted submissions to paint the dome before it opened.  One of the artists involved, the late world-renowned artist Andy Warhol.  His idea to paint the dome with a giant, colorful flower lost.  In the end, it may win after all.

"The question isn't about putting something on the Tacoma Dome," said McBride, "It's about making the world's largest Warhol."

The dome is five acres in size and would likely become the largest canvas for a Warhol work anywhere.

Tuesday, the city approved a plan to test a method to wrap, rather than paint the dome in an adhesive commonly used in modern-day advertising.

That test will begin next month, McBride explained, and after six months the city will determine if it's logical to try the idea.

Actually putting the bold flower on the dome would cost just over $2 million and would be paid for with private dollars.

"It's in the air," said McBride, "It's worth giving it a shot."