- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014

SILVER CITY, Iowa (AP) - A white outbuilding sees few visitors near a remote intersection in rural Mills County.

The surrounding grass is wet on a weekday afternoon, but Jack May still looks in awe at two murals on the side of the building that depicts vintage tractors that he and his late father used to farm corn and soybeans, The Daily Nonpareil reported (https://bit.ly/1p9DliF ).

Sometimes people stop by and ask questions. A neighbor once told May to take down the artwork and put them in a museum so more people can see them.

“We see people come from the south and west, there, up and back,” May said.

May, 71, of Silver City, commissioned Malvern artist, Zack Jones, to complete the paintings - one red, the other green. The works are located a mile and a quarter east of 320th Street and Dobney Avenue, which is about six miles east of Silver City. It took Jones about five months to complete the paintings.

Jones sketched outlines in charcoal and then painted over them to recreate an International M and an 1800 Oliver Diesel.

May said his daughter, Sandra Williams, 46, of Clarinda, suggested the idea after they purchased the lot where the outbuilding stands.

“It’s got a family history,” May’s wife, Mary, 69, said of the murals. “It’s good to see your children interested in history.”

Jack May said the best time to view the murals are morning and late evening. In the afternoon, the paintings become glossy.

“The sun hits them, and they kind of glare a little bit,” he said. “I enjoy seeing them every time I go over there.”


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