Capital Mall makes a big statement with the installation of a 1,400-square-foot outdoor mural between Century Theatres and Old Navy. Representing Capital Mall’s commitment to the local community, this mural, appropriately titled “Water & Land,” highlights the bountiful natural resources found in Thurston County. It’s another fun reason to visit the mall.

Artist Sarah Robbin’s two-walled mural at Capital Mall showcases many of the ingredients we enjoy as Thurston County residents. Photo courtesy: Capital Mall

Specifically, the South-facing wall depicts water life including oysters, halibut, salmon and kelp. The East-facing wall represents ingredients foraged from the land like strawberries, mushrooms, and honey. This imagery is illustrated in loose, gestural graphics, patterns, and overlays, with an organic, handmade “makers” feel. The colors are bold, bright and modern, yet refined to a limited color palette with a slight vintage feel. The composition relies heavily on layering and interaction as the artist wanted to reflect its vibrant Pacific Northwest-theme.

Washington State native, Sarah Robbins, designed and painted the mural in early September. “Art has a huge role in a building community. I think there’s ways that it can bring people together,” explains Robbins about the project. Robbins is an illustrator, painter, and designer living and working in Seattle. As a Jill-of-all trades when it comes to art, she is not tied to any particular style or medium. She uses imagery, patterns, typography, and color to create work, and strives to make something unique and custom for every project. Sarah prides herself on making classic pieces that can work on multiple levels straddling the line between specificity and ambiguity, often allowing room for people to interject their own thoughts and experiences into the work. Sarah believes it is important to create pieces that can amplify the voices and stories of others, not just her own. You can find more information about Sarah on her website or view her Instagram: @sarah_robbins.

The mall’s new mural highlights the abundant mushrooms and strawberries that we love here in Thurston County. Photo courtesy: Capital Mall

Capital Mall has launched the LIVE LOC-OLY initiative, which has the goal to highlight locally-owned stores and showcase restaurants using locally-sourced ingredients. There is also space for unique uses including a convenient branch of the Timberland Regional Library. A special area is available to rent for meetings or other gatherings. This community focused mural colorfully aligns with that vision. “We are listening to our local community and their needs,” explains Stefanie Cicerello, marketing & business development manager at Capital Mall. “We love providing shopping and dining opportunities to our community and constantly strive to make that experience enjoyable. One of the ways we can do this is to showcase local artists and take a holistic approach to our role in the community. This mural celebrates the agriculture and flavor profiles of Olympia and the surrounding area.” The mall is always interested to talk to people with business ideas for small to large uses of the mall’s building.

Look up when you enter Capital Mall to see the new “Water and Land’ mural, representing our county’s bounty. Photo courtesy: Capital Mall

If you haven’t been to the mall in a while, what are you waiting for? You’ll obviously find shopping, but there’s plenty of dining and entertainment, too. With more than 100 shops, Capital Mall promises a spectacular shopping experience. Modern amenities and entertainment options include a 14 screen Century Theater, an interactive educational play area, and more. With top retailers including Macy’s, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sephora, H&M and REI, Capital Mall provides an extensive lineup of shopping. You’ll find local businesses, too, like Terra Firma Cosmetics. Hungry? Good! Plentiful options include Fujiyama, i.talia pizzeria, Red Robin, Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar and Olive Garden. Get the local touch with MiSo and Hawley’s Gelato and Fudge.

Capital Mall has been a cornerstone on our community for decades. It is doing its part of keep up with the changing tastes and times of shoppers. Capital Mall invites you to walk from end to end and see what’s new. Wear your step counter, especially if you are visiting the buildings adjacent to the main complex. You’ll get in plenty! The mall is conveniently located on Black Lake Boulevard and close to I-5, it’s an easy stop for travelers and out-of-town visitors. Check out the mall’s website for store and other information. Capital Mall is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artist Sarah wants you to come and view the murals with friends and share good times – at any time.

Capital Mall
625 Black Lake Blvd. Olympia

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