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This year's Bloomsday poster was 40 years in the making

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Steve Merryman designed the poster. Steve Merryman designed the poster.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The 40th annual Bloomsday race is just days away, and tens of thousands of people are getting very pumped up.

But one man got pumped up for this year's race months ago because he's in charge of making the posters, which have to be ready long before the race starts.

At a glance the poster looks like a spectrum of colors and collages.

But for artist Steve Merryman, it's history.

“I'm trying to honor the past art,” he said.

Merryman says illustrating 40 years of Bloomsday history was one of the most challenging designs he's ever had to create. Both because of the meticulous process of applying all five layers, and because of what he wanted the poster to reflect.

"I didn't want it to be about me,” said Merryman. “This time I wanted to honor all the effort and art that has gone into Bloomsday over the years."

Merryman was able to accomplish that by creating a beautiful collage full of his own artwork and the artwork of others before him.

“I started with creating a background of the results pages so people can look at this poster and say here I am that was in 1982,” said Merryman. “Then I started blocking in big areas with big blocks of colors that I found on the posters or T-shirts.”

Merryman has created nearly a dozen other Bloomsday posters dating back to 2004. He'll likely do several more but says this one is already one of his favorites.

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