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Art, music for USA Special Olympic Summer games in Seattle to have decidedly local flair

One of 26 murals painted for Special Olympics (KOMO Photo)

SEATTLE -- Husky Stadium is set to host the USA Special Olympics Summer Games in July, and some 4,000 athletes will be coming from all 50 states.

But art and music for the games is being created much closer to home.

One of those art pieces was created by local artist Miguel Edwards. He hopes the steel cauldron, inspired by the games' logo, will help shape the opening ceremony, which will be held on July 1 at Husky Stadium.

"It's such an important event," Edwards said. "And I'm really excited to help be a part of that."

The cauldron is one of several elements from local artists that will be displayed during six days of competition and events across Puget Sound.

The opening ceremony will not only feature a parade of athletes and the lighting of the flame of hope, it will also feature Seattle's own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ann Wilson. Others to appear include Chewalah's Allen Stone and Seattle based hip-hop group Massive Monkees.

"We cannot have an event here in Seattle without giving a nod to such a rich, rich history, diverse culture, we want to celebrate that as well," said Kevin White, Founder and Chief Strategist with XPL.

Dale Chihuly is donating one of his pieces to represent the strength and determination of the athletes. If someone buys it while it's on display, a portion of the sale will be given to Special Olympics.

Athletes will also have a chance to be artists themselves as Seattle-based artist Catherine Mayer is working with participants to create six murals. Each one will be 26 feet long and feature individual art from the athletes. They will be displayed around Seattle in June before the games begin.

"For 50 years, people around the world have been giving themselves to the Special Olympics movement, giving their time, their treasure, their passion--their willingness to see the world differently," said Tim Shriver with Special Olympics International.

All on the best canvass from Mother Nature: summer in Seattle.

"We are dreaming with our eyes open," White said.

KOMO is a proud sponsor of the USA Special Olympics games.

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