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Space Needle Announces Finalists in “Top Off Our 50th” Roof Painting Competition

Top This for our 50th!

Designs are now posted here for public voting

SEATTLE— Today the Space Needle announced six finalists for its “Top Off Our 50th” roof design competition, which kicked off on August 21. Designs are now posted for public voting. Citizens have through October 20 to cast their vote for which design should adorn the roof of Seattle’s iconic tower from October 21-April 21, 2013.

The final six were chosen from a group of about 500 by a judging panel including Space Needle officials and author of “Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle,” Skip Berger. Designs and their inspirations are varied and included everything from space to nature, the region’s heritage, nostalgia and the abstract. The following six represent the panel’s top picks in those key categories – or were simply fun and unique:

  • Galaxy Gold: The retro orange hue currently topping the Space Needle struck a chord with countless calls, largely from Seattleites, for it to remain.
  • Deep Blue Sea: Inspired by the region and a desire to connect with audiences of all ages, colorful fish on a backdrop of deep blue
  • Seattle Roots: Abstract design paying homage to the Pacific Northwest’s unique artistic heritage and celebrating a hopeful future.
  • Trees: A grove of Evergreen trees to bring the majestic nature of Washington’s state parks to the downtown skyline.
  • Umbrella: Seattle. Rain, nuff said.
  • Retro Graphical: This design presents the Space Needle’s original paint colors with a modern, abstract twist.

On Sunday, October 21 – as the Space Needle celebrates the anniversary of the closing day of the 1962 World’s Fair – the winning design will be revealed. Painting will begin as quickly as the weather permits. Besides the honor of being the first ever to have a personal design on the Space Needle, the winner will also receive various prizes all tied to the Space Needle’s 50th Anniversary.


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