The One and Only

A mural which uses bold colors to pay tribute to a subject of local history.

Streetside Artscape:
Jesse Peterson // The One and Only

1740 Pacific Avenue
April 2023 – Present

“It’s inspired by Tacoma’s famous artistic gorilla Ivan, who lived in the B&I shopping center for 27 years, Ivan painted to help cope with the boredom of isolation in a cement cell. The message he is holding sums up what I wanted to say perfectly. “MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY, PEACEFUL, AND LIBERATED.”


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