Museum of Flight Public Art Project Hits the Town

SEATTLE – The Museum of Flight wrapped up deliveries today for its 50th anniversary public art project entitled “Astronauts on the Town,” featuring 25 unique, life-size, space-suited “astronaut” statues. These are not your average astronauts. Each began as a white fiberglass statue, then transformed with paint, lasers, plaid shirts and other materials into a colorful new personality. Titles include “Basstronaut,” “SpaceSquatch,” and “Ambassador for Amity.”

Astronauts on the TownEach astronaut is created by a local artist and displayed in public locations and businesses within the Puget Sound region. EMP, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, The Pacific Science Center, Emerald Downs and Ray’s Boathouse are among the many host locations.

Julie Wilbert, Museum of Flight Graphic Designer and Project Manager for “Astronauts on the Town” comments, “I’m really proud of how the project came out; no two statues are alike.”

The Museum invites everyone to celebrate its anniversary in a way that’s fun and engaging. Selfies with the statues are encouraged, and they can be posted on Instagram using #astronautsonthetown. All eligible participants will be part of a prize drawing during the Museum’s Sept.19 anniversary celebration. First-prize is a pair of tickets on Alaska Airlines, good to any Alaska Airlines destination.

An online auction for all 25 Astronaut statues opens on Aug. 1 and runs for a month. The statues will remain on the town until mid-September, returning just in time for their collective exhibition at the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 19.

Images of all 25 astronauts and more information about the statues, artists and host locations: www.astronautsonthetown

For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit