Roofing Art has been around for years. Normally the art work is a style of exactly what the business is. Like various colors of shingles like that of a Minnesota barn, weaved into a 70 foot design of a white and brown milk cow, or a bright yellow shark on top of a flat roof of a biological field station in the Bahamas. There are lots of art designs on roofs I have actually seen, but the coolest roofing system art of all … remains in Seattle Washington.

Marlin Nelson a roofer in Orlando and  an artist, was commissioned by Washington State Art Trust to paint a mural anywhere in Seattle. Marlin’s normal murals are on city walls however he wanted to change it up a little and after acquiring consent with the Seattle Center Armory, he began his next mural on the roof.

Marlin Peterson SpiderBuilding a model himself, using lighting to develop shadows and with simple mathematics, he came up with a design for his roofing art. He prepared the somewhat pitched, mineral appeared roof by sweeping and scrubbing off seagull droppings. Marlin stated to me that, “initially the seagulls were frightened by him however soon returned to inspect his work and deposit more droppings daily.” In a short 2 1/2 weeks, Marlin completed a pair of Daddy Long Legs crawling across the roofing system top of the Seattle Center which is a Food Court at this time. One spider spanning practically 100 feet the other about 80. The appropriate name for these spiders is Arachnids. A-rack-nids They remain in the scorpion and tick household and are stated not to be spiders at all.

Roof ArtMarlin Peterson began this mural in 2012 and the mural is still there … since this blog writing. The Daddy Long Legs roofing art has actually been preserved every couple of years by Marlin and will be there till the roof is redone. Ideally long enough for you to see for your self from the Seattle Space Needle.

The History Of Roofing Art, It’s Been Here Awhile