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Detail from the mural "Equilateral Momentum" by SNEKE, HEWS, APAUL and Blaine Fontana located along SODO Track. Photo by @wiseknave

Mural hunting: Exploring this public art form with kids

5 mural locations. 1 day. Go!

Murals can offer city dwellers bold social commentary, emotional resonance or an encounter with far-fetch fantasy or wonderful whimsy. Thankfully, the Puget Sound is home to a vast number of mural works, the majority of which are created by local artists. Imagine being able to see 51 murals by 64 artists in one two mile stretch? You can in Seattle all along the SODO Track. Or, want to inspire kids to work for social change? Introduce them to the mural of Martin Luther Kind, Jr. on Cherry Street in Seattle. 

Make it a full day of hunting down murals and interesting street art in the region, perhaps starting with these five locations (four in Seattle, one in Woodinville) where you’ll find incredible large-scale murals. For tracking down arts in Seattle, consider making “public” the focus of the whole day and not just the art: Use public transit to travel between locations. Students ride free on all public transit in the region. 

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The Sasquatch one of Ryan Ward’s iconic mural creatures. Ward’s art is signed Henry.

The original Henry

Murals signed by “Henry” (artist Ryan Henry Ward) are colorful and cheerful displays of fantastical characters sure to make kids smile. Find the signature Henry Sasquatch mural (one among many) in Ballard, outside Cookie’s Country Chicken. (1744 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107)

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Portion of large mural by David Rice and Ola Volo found along SODO Track.

SODO Track

Hop on a train, bus, or bike — or walk — to see some of the more than 50 different murals along SODO Track, a two-mile transit corridor that doubles as an urban art gallery. SODO Track spans 5th Ave. S. between Royal Brougham Way and Spokane Street. To find out what transit to catch and what you’ll see, go to

Stevie Shao’s mural covers a whole building in the University District.

Stevie Shao creatures

Stop at Crossroads Trading in the University District to find the snakes and serpent-like creatures created by artist Stevie Shao. (University Way NE and NE 43rd Street).

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A mural of Martin Luther King, Jr., painted 27 years ago by James Crespinel, at the intersection of East Cherry Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. The Seattle street was renamed for the civil rights leader in 1983. Photo by Daniel Spils /

Martin Luther King, Jr.

An iconic emblem of peace, the Martin Luther King Jr. mural at 2726 E Cherry St. was painted 27 years ago by James Crespinal and restored in 2022. It carries this message: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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Will Schlough’s mural is located on the side of Big Fish Grill, facing DeYoung Park in Woodinville.

Woodinville wonder

There’s a new mural on the walls of Big Fish Grill, facing Woodinville’s DeYoung Park. Here artist Will Schlough captures iconic elements that represent the city of Woodinville and its people.  

Resources for finding more street art and murals

Several bloggers and organizations have mapped out the region’s street art and commissioned murals. To continue your art hunt, check out these lists:

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Cheryl Murfin

Cheryl Murfin is managing editor at Seattle's Child. She is also a certified doula, lactation educator for and a certified AWA writing workshop facilitator at