The city of Seattle is giving five people an opportunity to paint to roof of the Space Needle its original color — Galaxy Gold — as part of the city’s 60th anniversary celebration to commemorate the construction of Seattle Center.
The center, which spans 74 acres just north of Belltown in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, was originally built in preparation for the 1962 World’s Fair, which was held in Seattle. In the past 60 years, it’s served as an educational, tourism and entertainment center in the middle of downtown Seattle.
“After 60 incredible years, we know a thriving Seattle Center is at the heart of a thriving Seattle,” Mayor Bruce Harroll said in a statement. “Every day, and in every way, Seattle Center represents our vision for Seattle by bringing people together, embracing our community’s values and cultural traditions, and celebrating the people who make this region special.”
The roof of Seattle Center’s crown jewel, the Space Needle, was originally painted with an orange-ish hue known as Galaxy Gold. At the time, the color was seen by many as controversial. But when it was repainted using neutral shades of white and gold in the late ’60s, residents widely lamented the change.
The roof was repainted using Galaxy Gold for 2002 and 2012 anniversaries.
Now, the city is giving five people a chance to “harness in, grab a paint roller,” and slather another coat of Galaxy Gold onto the roof of the 605-foot tower. To win an opportunity to do so, contestants need to describe their favorite Space Needle memory from the last 60 years. Submissions must be fewer than 200 words, and can be turned in here.
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