The city of Seattle is giving five people the chance to paint the roof of the Space Needle its original color, Galaxy Gold, as part of the city’s 60th anniversary celebration to commemorate the construction of the Seattle Center.
The center, which covers 74 acres just north of Belltown in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, was originally built in preparation for the 1962 World’s Fair, which was held in Seattle. For the past 60 years, it has served as an educational, tourist and entertainment center in the middle of downtown Seattle.
“After 60 incredible years, we know that a thriving Seattle Center is at the heart of a thriving Seattle,” Mayor Bruce Harroll said in a statement. “Every day, and in every way, Seattle Center represents our vision for Seattle by bringing people together, embracing the values and cultural traditions of our community, and celebrating the people who make this region special.”
The roof of the Seattle Center’s crown jewel, the Space Needle, was originally painted a shade of orange known as Galaxy Gold. At the time, the color was considered controversial by many. But when it was repainted in neutral shades of white and gold in the late 1960s, residents widely deplored the change.
The roof was repainted Galaxy Gold for the 2002 and 2012 anniversaries.
Now, the city is giving five people the chance to “take advantage, grab a paint roller” and apply another coat of Galaxy Gold to the roof of the 605-foot tower. To win the chance to do so, contestants must describe their favorite Space Needle memory from the past 60 years. Submissions must be under 200 words and can be submitted here.