Space Needle wants you to design its next paint job

SEATTLE -- Are you an aspiring artist looking for a much bigger canvas? How's the roof of the Space Needle sound?

One day after painting a mysterious "#topthis" message on top of the Needle, officials with the Space Needle say they're looking for someone to design the next paint job for the roof of the iconic structure.

"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 Space Needle President and CEO Ron Sevart. "As we look ahead, this is our way to continue to stir the imagination and look ahead to our next 50 years."

The Space Needle's roof has been adorned in "Galaxy Gold" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair for which it was originally constructed.

Officials with the Space Needle say they will be accepting design and color submissions for a paint job that will be on the roof of the Needle from October 21, 2012 through April 21, 2013.

Submissions must be in by September 20. A panel of judges will select several finalists, and the public will be able to vote for the winner on the Space Needle's Facebook page.