Green cup artist Shogo Ota draws partners into window artwork.  #tobeapartner

Green cup artist Shogo Ota draws partners into window artwork. #tobeapartner

The Starbucks at First and Pike, in Seattle near the entrance to the Pike Place Market, has very special window art. Starbucks commissioned artist Shogo Ota to hand draw and depict the same thematic elements as on the green "Unity" cups for the store's windows:

When Shogo did the artist work for First and Pike Starbucks, he depicted the store's own partners as part of the real people shown in their windows:

(Thank you so much to Johnathan and JT for offering to be featured here!)

Here's the store manager Johnna:

1 - 1 - IMG_2276 store mgr Johnna at 1st and Pike
1 - 1 - IMG_2276 store mgr Johnna at 1st and Pike

I wanted to show you Johnna next to her own picture, but didn't catch her in the store on the day that I was visiting. I think this window art is pretty amazing. It represents the store's own customers and partners from the day that he did the artwork.

Here are a few more photos:

1 - 1 -20161105_134711 1st and pike
1 - 1 -20161105_134711 1st and pike

And more photos of the work in progress:

1 - 1 - IMG_2267 Shogo Ota at work at 1st and Pike Starbucks
1 - 1 - IMG_2267 Shogo Ota at work at 1st and Pike Starbucks
image1 1st and pike shogo at work
image1 1st and pike shogo at work
Starbucks_Green_Cup_Artist_-_Shogo_Ota_(2) - working on depiction of Johnna
Starbucks_Green_Cup_Artist_-_Shogo_Ota_(2) - working on depiction of Johnna

The very last image here is courtesy of the Starbucks newsroom.

My understanding is that there are 3 Starbucks locations which have these amazing windows: this store in Seattle, and two in New York.

Love this!

The First and Pike Starbucks opened new on March 13, 2009. It even had its storefront featured as a design on a Starbucks card!

(Thank you to the several different partners who helped me put together this story.)

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