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Monday, September 16, 2013

Yankton's Mural Treasure

I talked all that trash about Yankton but they had a few things worth seeing, including this intricate mural.

Tennessee artist Mickey Harris painted the series of arches that depict images of South Dakota from riverboats to wildlife to Mount Rushmore.  One of the coolest things about this mural is how some of the animals look like they are stepping right out of the mural. I was lucky enough to find an article about how the artist did his work from the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, here's a quote:

The mural was completed with a variety of different artistic implements, Harris said.
“We use big spray guns to put base coats on, we use automotive-size to paint the clouds, we use rollers, we use paintbrushes, and we use the airbrush to come in and do the final details,” he said. “We also use cement to mold things in. Then we’ll come back and put a clear over it to protect it.”

Harris said this project presented several challenges.
“First of all, there was the texture and the age of the brick,” he said. “We had to really clean the brick with high-pressure power washers four times and knock off a lot of the old paint.”

The texture of the brick also presented a challenge.

“(It’s) being so rough that it’s difficult to do the detail of certain things,” Harris said. “But we use that to our advantage on the areas that we fill with cement. Allowing that rough texture and the other part definitely creates an illusion of depth.”

Harris is an internationally recognized artist and has done many projects for the United States Air Force and even the Pentagon.

Artist Depicts Region, Wildlife On Side Of Yankton Bar  (photo courtesy of Yankton Daily P&D)

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  1. Interesting how the techniques differ depending on the underlying structure of a particular wall.

  2. The 3 D effect is amazing. I wonder how many people try to walk through those arches :)
    Box Canyon Mark

  3. Amazing, I first thought they were arches then when I looked again I could see they were painted. The detail is superb. I must search out some of the murals I have photographed and post them

  4. Wow - these are amazing! so glad you put in the close ups!

  5. Very cool. As many times as I've visited Yankton, I don't think I've ever seen this mural.

  6. Very interesting. Nice to know how things are actually done. Very nice mural. MB

  7. Ooh, love those animals stepping out of the mural too. And I first thought that the arches were real!

  8. This is a really nice mural. Thanks for all of the information on it!

  9. That is an amazing mural! I wish I was half that talented.