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Mural at Bergen Place

 
 
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By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
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Inscription. The Ballard Historical Society and the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association joined together to create this mural in 1995 to commemorate our communityís rich and prosperous history, and to celebrate our economic and cultural ties to other nations.

The Sister City relationship between Seattle and Bergen, Norway established in 1957, is illustrated by the young Norwegian and American women holding hands in the panel to the left. Behind them are shown the totem pole presented to Bergen by Seattle, and the Bergen City flag, a gift to Seattle from Bergen. The official seats of both cities and the superimposed flags of the United States and Norway over the left and right panels also symbolize this relationship.

The image of the Ballard City Hall (1899-1965) and the childrenís parade in the foreground celebrate the history of this community, once the City of Ballard and known as “Shingletown, U.S.A.”

The lumber and maritime industries, portrayed in the left and right panels, were predominant along Ballardís waterfront since the 1880ís. These industries attracted many first and second generation Scandinavians to this area in the 1900ís, creating ties between Ballard and Scandinavia that have spanned generations.

The image of the minister blessing the fleet, in the far right
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By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
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panel, depicts an annual ceremony begun in Ballard in the 1920ís. In the mural, he is shown standing in front of the Fishermanís Memorial which is erected at Fishermanís Terminal in memory of those who have died at sea. Symbolizing the five Nordic nations of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland are the five swans which soar across the mural.

The mural was conceived and painted by Alan Wylie of Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada and Charles Michael Svob of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.
 
Erected 1995 by Voluntary Contributions of Citizens, Organizations, and Businesses and by a Grant from the City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund.
 
Location. 47° 40.095′ N, 122° 23.064′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of Northwest Market Street and Leary Ave. NW on Northwest Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Northwest Market Street, Seattle WA 98107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ballard Avenue Landmark District Historic Marker Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Ballard Avenue Historic District / Ballard City Hall Bell (within shouting distance of
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By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
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this marker); Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seattle Fisherman's Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lenin in Fremont (approx. 2 miles away); The Fremont Troll (approx. 2.1 miles away); Carkeek Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); The First Commercial Monorail in the United States (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
 
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Mural at Bergen Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
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"...the young Norwegian and American women holding hands..."
Mural at Bergen Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
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Mural at Bergen Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
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