On Sunday I helped launch a trial balloon to see if there is political will and public support for placing one of two Andy Warhol art works on the Tacoma Dome.
It isn’t as off-the-wall as it sounds. Warhol was one of four finalists in 1982 for the 1 percent for the arts program when the dome was built. He wasn’t selected, but City of Tacoma arts administrator Amy McBride has been quietly looking into the idea of replacing the 80’s suburban bath tile design that is on the dome now with the Warhol.
Read the linked column if you want to know more. And take a look at these renderings that McBride had done to show what it might look like. As part of his submission, Warhol sent two lithographs – one blue and one yellow. The lithographs, now valued at $70,000, are displayed on the ballroom level of the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.
All photos are courtesy of the City of Tacoma and McBride. Click on the photos to enlarge.