|"Growth" by Dan Toro|
From a University of Wyoming press release:
Laramie artist and University of Wyoming graduate Dan Toro has begun work on a mural on the Source Gas building located at Third and Custer streets in downtown Laramie.
Titled “Growth,” it is the second mural of the Laramie Mural Project 2012. It will incorporate images of large trees with deep roots as a representation of community accomplishments. Smaller trees without deep roots appear as wind-blown, broken twigs.
“The image of trees with deep roots is symbolic of the community and, when working together, how much can be accomplished,” Toro says. “When one moves away from the community, little gets done.”
Toro is painting the mural on location through Aug. 31. The public is welcome to stop by to watch him work and view the mural’s progression.
The Laramie Mural Project is a partnership among local businesses and artists, the Laramie Main Street Alliance and the UW Art Museum. It has been funded by the Guthrie Family Foundation, city of Laramie, and the Wyoming Arts Council.
“Growth” is the second of as many as four murals planned for the downtown area this year. “Escape” by Meghan Meier, the first new mural this year, can be viewed at Garfield and Second streets. They join three murals that were completed last summer: “Hollyhock Haven” by Travis Ivey, at Custer between First and Second streets; Meier’s ”Grainery Grove” at the alleyway on Ivinson between First and Second streets at the former Whole Earth Grainery; and Talal Cockar’s “Tierra y Libertad,” First Street between University and Ivinson on the Big Hollow Food Co-op building.
“Imagine learning from the masters” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum and blog at www.uwyoartmuseum.org. Follow the museum on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/uwyoartmuseum.
Photo: Dan Toro’s “Growth” will appear on the Source Gas building located at Third and Custer streets in downtown Laramie. (Dan Toro)