Intercity Transit workers create sidewalk art below pressure

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 11:07 AM

Now, Intercity Transit customers look a menagerie on sidewalks at the eighty bus stops in the system. Sea creatures, bunnies, a thunderbird and a magical wizard are some of the creations at the transfer Sta on Sixth Ave in Lacey, the Olympian reported (http://bit.

Intercity Transit workers create sidewalk art below pressure

It all started with a monkey and a dirty sidewalk.

Now, Intercity Transit customers look a menagerie on sidewalks at the eighty bus stops in the system. Sea creatures, bunnies, a thunderbird and a magical wizard are some of the creations at the transfer Sta on Sixth Ave in Lacey, the Olympian reported (http://bit. ly/1SQ1iZb).

The fanciful creatures are created when IT workers utilize pressure washers to draw freehand as they spotless the sidewalks.

"Our tools are a pressure washer, water and dirt," said Joe Weakley, facilities specialist.

Weakley said it started about a year ago when he saw a youthful mother trying to consolation a crying child. He asked what animal he should draw and the boy said "a monkey." And so it began.

"I was just trying to modify someone'south day," Weakley said.

Each illustration takes a min or two to make, Weakley said. His co-workers Ratisami Futi and Jayson Click are portion of the sidewalk art team. Futi is the sea creature specialist — it reminds him of his residence in American Samoa, he said.

"My tiny one loves the below the sea stuff," said Chelsea Smith, whose sons are three and nine. They noticed the sidewalk art when her car went into the shop and they started riding the bus. She's photos on her phone of an aquarium worth of images from close Lowe'south Hardware. Their favorite is a jelly fish.

Weakley, who's worked for IT for twenty-two years, said they clean eighteen to twenty shelters a day.

"We call it spotless art," he said. If they create a mistake, they just wash it away, he said.

Customer feedback has been great, according to Ally McPherson, IT marketing representative.

"It'south a brilliant thing, to create it fun," said customer Debbie Cline, who was waiting at the Lacey transfer station.

"I'll hold going until we running out of filthy sidewalks," Weakley said.

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