Trees start popping up on Space Needle roof

Nov 16, 2012, 6:09 AM | Updated: 6:20 am
Last weekend, crews began repainting the top of the Space Needle its new orange background, and on Thursday they started adding green trees. (Image by KIRO Radio Traffic Reporter Kimi Kline)
(Image by KIRO Radio Traffic Reporter Kimi Kline)

Last weekend, crews began repainting the top of the Space Needle its new orange background, and on Thursday they started adding green trees.

The new look was designed by 29-year-old Nicole Commins. She won the right to makeover the Needle in a contest #TopThis over the summer. The Space Needle had been painted galaxy gold to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

In a note included with her entry in the contest, Commins said, “The city is inspiration in itself. Picture our [city’s] beautiful skyline, with its unique Space Needle, painted a top, beautiful, vibrant shades of green.”

The tree design will cover the iconic Seattle landmark for the next six months. The Space Needle’s President and CEO, Ron Sevart, said Commins’ design will help point Seattle toward the next 50 years.

“This really is a nod to our heritage. We were built as a symbol of the future, born of the imagination of a few and embraced by the world,” said Sevart.

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Trees start popping up on Space Needle roof