Public art isn’t something I expected to see much of in rural Missouri, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of murals I’ve seen in towns I’ve explored since relocated here earlier this year.
Through the window, photo by smalltowngirl
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri is among the small towns I’ve explored that has a few murals to brag about. The close-up of the guy in the window is great. Check out his missing eye and bubble gum nose…
Bubble gum nose, photo by smalltowngirl
I like think that if this little girl could talk, she’d be saying, “Ugggh, PLEASE dude. Get the gum out of your nose and put your eyeball back in. SEEEriously, dude, uggggh.”
Annoyed and Disgusted, photo by smalltowngirl
And this guy was like, totally inspired by me, trekking around rural Missouri with my camera. Only he’s tall and I’m short, and he’s a dude and I’m not, and he’s got dude hair and I’ve got girl hair. Oh, and I’m pretty sure this mural has been around since before I trekked about Missouri with my camera.
But otherwise, totally and completely inspired by me.
Inspired by smalltowngirl, photo by smalltowngirl
My favorite Ste. Genevieve mural though is this one. I love how it isn’t clearly framed at the edges, creating a real sense of three dimensions.
Ste. Gen Mural, photo by smalltowngirl
New York City still takes the cake where art is concerned, but I think Ste. Genevieve’s murals are evidence of the valiant effort rural Missouri is making to stay on the cultural maps. Nice work, home state. Nice work.
NYC=1, MO=0.5 (Yes, I’m now scoring in half-points. You got something to say about that?)