Art from the heart

To me, there is something special about street art and murals that depict a local history or emphasis.  Yes, there are unsightly presentations plastered on many walls, doors and wherever, but the artists who deliberately paint history and visual messages deserve special recognition. 

I wondered about the artists of the various murals on buildings throughout downtown Laramie, Wyoming, during our brief stay there.  We wandered the streets looking for the art, and ran out of time to locate all of them. 

According to the Laramie Mural Project, http://www.laramiemuralproject.org/,  the Laramie, Wyoming, mural project uses local artists to create one-of-a-kind, large-scale murals in the heart of downtown that reflect Laramie’s cultural life. 

“Founded in 2011 as a collaboration between the University of Wyoming Art Museum, local Laramie artists and the Laramie Main Street Alliance, the project is currently co-hosted by Main Street and the Laramie Public Art Coalition.

As I gazed on each expression, I could sense the depth of meaning and the passion displayed so beautifully.  I applaud these wonderful artists. 

Walking tour brochures were provided by the Albany County Tourism Board and can be downloaded here (pdf).  You can use this pdf file to compare with the images we gathered, plus it has a list of the artists. 

As long as art and paintings are classy, don’t discourage others and don’t reflect negatively on others, I appreciate them.  I think Laramie artists provided a wonderful display. 

What story can you interpret from these images?

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Laramie

Street art in downtown Laramie portrays various aspects of life in and around this western town.

The high plains of southeastern Wyoming are now inviting to those with quick means of transportation, as compared to more than 100 years ago, although they had dreams and desires to start a new life, regardless of how long it took them.

Just envision the slow, cumbersome wagons and laboring livestock meandering their way to places unknown as the western U.S. was being formed.  Let’s take a quick glance at Laramie, Wyoming. 

Landscape around Medicine Bow and Laramie, Wyoming

I’m glad we were able to travel the area in June.  Here are some tidbits I collected for the post.

Laramie today is a town of nearly 31,000 people.  It is near the Medicine Bow Mountains and recreational parks.  It is home to the University of Wyoming. 

Laramie is also the historic place where a woman first cast a vote in a general election.  Some of the street art depicts pioneer women making significant milestones toward individual freedom.

In the early days, American Indians scattered the area during hunting season as they looked for large wildlife to sustain their livelihood. 

Laramie is another example too of the influence from those outside the United States who made lasting impacts toward societal growth.   

A French-Canadian trapper named Jacques La Ramee, sometimes spelled La Ramie, arrived in the area about 1817, and is thought to have explored the area around the Laramie River in what is now Wyoming.  Euro-American settlement commenced in 1862 with the arrival of Ben Holladay’s Overland Stage line.

The impending arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad on the Laramie Plains was assured when company surveyor James Evans laid out the general course of the line in 1864. The 1866 construction of Fort Sanders basically ensured settlement would continue in the area.

Historic photos and additional history: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/brief-history-laramie-wyoming

Between Cheyenne and Laramie is a rock statue of Abraham Lincoln.

The following video clip provides a quick ride in parts of Medicine Bow approaching Laramie, and a short ride through parts of downtown Laramie.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron