jimi hendrix judkins park Rendering: Hewitt Architecture/Sound Transit

Two giant murals of psychedelic guitar genius Jimi Hendrix may soon kiss the sky in Seattle’s Central District, a design presentation for the new Judkins Park light rail station shows.

Lsat week, Sound Transit and Hewitt Architecture presented artwork for the station featuring Hendrix to the Seattle Design Commission. Born and raised in the Central District, Hendrix remains an important inspiration for Seattleites. There are at least four memorials and one museum in the Greater Seattle area honoring his electrifying life and music.

jimi hendrix judkins park Rendering: Hewitt Architecture/Sound Transit

In addition to those landmarks, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department commemorated Hendrix in 2006 by renaming a nearly 2.5-acre park in the Central District. Now called Jimi Hendrix Park, the space lies adjacent to the old Colman School, which since 2008 has housed Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum. The Jimi Hendrix Foundation is currently seeking donations from the public for the park’s last phase of completion.

The Judkins Park light rail station will be near Jimi Hendrix Park, and it seems only natural that the star’s image will also appear there. The station will be part of the fully funded East Link light rail line, which will connect Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle across the I-90 bridge. Construction on the Judkins Park station is slated to begin by mid-2017, with completion set for 2023. The East Link line is expected to carry 50,000 riders by 2030.

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