The “Giants” mural by Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, collectively known as OSGEMEOS. It is the biggest public art piece of their career. Photo courtesy of roaming-the-planet.

Proposed Pier 86 mural to brighten the Seattle waterfront

A complex of massive grain silos on the waterfront could become Seattle's signature piece of public art.
Feb 8, 2016
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Why block the boat? Resistance from Ferguson to Palestine to the Philippines

Northwest activists are attempting to block an Israeli shipping company from unloading at Puget Sound ports in order to put a dent in the dollars funding Israel's military actions in Gaza.
Aug 25, 2014
Betty Erichsen, a volunteer at the Tacoma Seafarers' Center, helps Filipino seafarer Rommel Quibaez with a bulk candy bar purchase. Seafarers are typically in port for about 12 hours only once every few weeks, so an opportunity to stock up on essential items is welcome. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Tacoma center gives seafarers from distant lands a Northwest welcome

Hundreds of international seafarers pass through our ports every month. Cooks and mechanics, engineers and officers — they're a quiet population of temporary visitors just looking for a little comfort and fun.
May 23, 2014
Merced River with Containers. (Painting by Mary Iverson)

Visualizing global shipping’s environmental impacts

Why local artist Mary Iverson paints shipping containers in the middle of Yosemite National Park.
Jan 14, 2014
A train carrying coal hugs the Puget Sound on it's way to the Westshore coal terminal in BC. With a proposed new coal terminal in Bellingham, train shipments through Washington State are set to increase dramatically. (Photo by Paul K. Anderson)

Is the Northwest a Coal Scrooge?

When you go to sleep tonight, Seattle will be visited by three ghosts: the ghost of energy’s past, the ghost of energy’s present and the ghost of energy yet to come. The question is, will we wake up and shape our own destiny? Imagine a mountain of billowing, black coal taller than the Columbia tower […]
Dec 10, 2012