- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A mural that will cover one side of the train garage at Deming Park is two-thirds complete and is expected to be installed this spring.

Artist Becky Hochhalter said the original mural was to be 40 feet long, but now will be 60 feet long.

“(Terre Haute Parks Superintendent) Eddie Bird wanted the mural to cover the entire train barn, so I have about 20 feet left to paint,” Hochhalter told the Tribune-Star (https://bit.ly/19wAMCz ).

Hochhalter is using bright acrylic paint colors to bring out movement in the various scenes. As a graphic artist, the biggest key is the layout - she wants the eye to flow through the mural from one side to the next.

“I think the layout is 50 percent, with the painting the next 50 percent, but the layout is the biggest thing to me,” she said. “I want it to look like one continuous scene. That’s why I have arranged and overlapped images. I have used larger and smaller, more detailed images.

“So if you are standing a good distance away, you see these large images and you can still get a feel for it, but if you come up close, you get to see all the small details,” Hochhalter said. Some of those details include thousands of bricks painted for the Chauncey Rose memorial in Fairbanks.

A boy on a swing seems to jump from the mural. As one of the larger images, one of his black sandals measures 27 inches tall.

Two of the figures in the mural are Hochhalter’s daughters. The first is 19-year-old Brittney, who played tennis at Terre Haute North Vigo High School.

Her daughter Peyton, 15, will be depicted at age 5 or 6, blowing a large dandelion puff ball. Hochhalter plans to paint floating seeds from that, flowing throughout the mural. “It will almost be like a breeze blowing through the mural, carrying those seeds,” the artist said. “I will wait until the very end to do that to see how it works and flows together.”

Hochhalter likes to use photographic images on which to capture her artwork. She has other Terre Haute residents depicted on a pickleball court at Brittlebank Park.

Scenes yet to be painted include her daughter with the dandelion; the Collett Park Pavilion; a small lake where ducks are fed; bike riders; people fishing at Dobbs Park and others playing baseball at Spencer Ball Park; and a fountain on the Ohio Boulevard greenway, located near 19th Street.

Hochhalter has already worked on the mural for eight weeks, having to work on and off on the project in between other projects. “I just want people to be blown away when they see it,” Hochhalter said. “I am very detail orientated. I want it to be the absolute best.”

A sign, yet to be painted on the remaining section, will show that the mural was sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, along with Kirk Fonner and Owen Hanna.

The mural depicts many of Terre Haute city parks, such as Deming, Fairbanks, Dobbs, Ohio Boulevard, Spencer Ball, Collett, Brittlebank and Voorhees, where a large skateboarder also seems to jump out of the mural. The mural depicts golf, playgrounds, tennis, crafts, pickleball and the train at Deming Park.

“We won’t have every park or green space in the city, but it will have a lot of them,” Hochhalter said.

The finished art will be placed in frames and attached to the train garage at Deming Park. The art will be covered with an ultraviolet coating to protect the colors. Hochhalter will then paint over bolts that will hold the framework.


Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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