In a contest that drew more than 100,000 votes, Seattle resident Nicole Commins' “trees” design was the public favorite, Space Needle officials announced Monday.
The design will adorn the Space Needle’s roof from October 2012-April 21, 2013. Painting will begin just as soon as weather permits.
The national Top This contest started in August. It got a lot of buzz when the Twitter hashtag #TopThis was painted on the roof of the iconic building.
The other finalists:
- Galaxy Gold: The retro orange hue currently topping the Space Needle struck a chord with countless calls, largely from Seattleites, for it to remain.
- Nature: From fish to trees, clouds and rain, there were numerous designs celebrating the natural surroundings that make the Pacific Northwest unique.
- Pacific Northwest heritage: The history of the region took the forms of music, Native American art, technology and nods to local visual and performing arts.
- 50th anniversary: Adaptations of World’s Fair memorabilia and designs inspired by nostalgia and people’s first interactions and memories of the Space Needle also made up a large category of contenders.
Commins, 29, is a self-taught freelance graphic designer, who lives and works in Seattle. She grew up in Edmonds and attended Shoreline Community College.
In her entry, Commins described her inspiration as “THE EMERALD CITY! Luscious green, as far as the eye can see."