Laramie artist Travis Ivey has begun work on the third installation in the Laramie Mural Project, an extension of the University of Wyoming Art Museum's public art exhibition "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational."
Ivey's mural "Hollyhock Haven" will be located on Custer Street between First and Second streets. When complete, "Hollyhock Haven" will be 20 feet high and attract bees and bugs. In the summer when the hollyhocks grow along its length, it will reference a natural history diorama.
A fifth-generation Wyoming native, Ivey is known for his representational paintings that reflect the beauty of the modern West and the impacts of development on the landscape. He has a background in street art and a desire to unify his interests in public art and the landscape.
The Laramie Mural Project's first mural, located on the north wall of Big Hollow Food Co-op, is "Tierra y Libertad" by Laramie artist Talal Cockar. The second mural, "Grainery Grove," is on the alley wall of The Whole Earth Grainery and was created by local artist Meghan Meier. Ivey's mural will complete the planned murals for the Laramie Mural Project in 2011.
The Laramie Mural Project is a partnership between the Laramie Main Street Alliance and the UW Art Museum. It is funded in part by the Wyoming Arts Council, Guthrie Family Foundation, Laramie Beautification Committee, and the City of Laramie.
For additional information about the UW Art Museum, call (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's web page orblog .
Photo: Travis Ivey's "Hollyhock Haven," the third mural to be painted in downtown Laramie, will be located on Custer Street between First and Second streets. The murals are an extension of the UW Art Museum's public art exhibition "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational." (Travis Ivey)