The iconic Seattle P-I Globe is going to be moving soon. Where to? Well that depends on where you think it should go. And no matter what your answer, it's going to cost you.
At a press conference this morning, the City of Seattle announced they filed the P-I globe for protection as a city landmark. But the globe will have to be moved by the end of the year, says Seattle Council President Sally Clark, who, like many city leaders, is baffled that the icon is no longer welcome in its current waterfront location.
"The current building owners are going in a different direction (and don't want the globe)" she said. "We would argue anyone would be lucky to have the globe on top of their building."
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer shut down print operations in 2009 and last year the online staff moved out of the building entirely. The globe has been atop the P-I since 1948, first at its old headquarters in Belltown at 6th and Wall, then moving in 1986 to its current waterfront perch at Elliott and Western.
The Hearst Corporation, which owns the globe, is donating the 14.5 tons of steel and neon to MOHAI, but where the 49-foot tall behemoth goes next is still undecided. Because it wouldn't be Seattle without a little bit of process.
That's right, instead of making a decision on their own, city leaders like Clark are asking the public where they want to see the globe end up. If you have a suggestion for the location, MOHAI's Executive Director Leonard Garfield tells the Weekly that he's open to all ideas so long as they're "publicly visible and accessible."
To that end, the museum is starting Project "Light up the Globe" as a way for the public to participate...and provide the necessary cash. MOHAI estimates that the cost of moving and restoring the globe will be about $400k--says Garfield: it could go lower, it could go higher.
Got a suggestion or some extra money lying around? *cough, cough, Paul Allen* Donate here. Where do you thing the globe should be moved to? Down to South Lake Union? Back up on top of the old P-I headquarters? At Seattle Center like everything else? How about your front yard? Post your suggestions on MOHAI's facebook page, tweet @MOHAI using the #LightUpTheGlobe hashtag, or email firstname.lastname@example.org