Hannibal’s ‘Native Spirits’ Mural Is a Trip Back in Time
This may be the most "non-news" news item you see all day.
Hannibal has a new mural.
While it's true, the sight of oversize artwork adorning Hannibal's formerly blank walls is certainly nothing unusual these days, the story behind how this latest offering came about is worth sharing.
Hannibal newest mural is called, "Native Spirits," and it's the creation of local artist and educator Stephen Schisler.
Regarding the subject matter, Schisler said, "I wanted to pay homage to populations now extinct from our region. Marking the Indian Removal Act of 1830, and the subsequent disappearance of many native Missouri species by the mid to late 1800s. Featured are the elk, buffalo, black bear, mountain lion and grey wolf. Their vague polygonal forms represent these figures as 'spirits' that may still walk among us. The gridding off of the background into county lines represents the arbitrary borders and systems that eventually replace, for better or worse, the wildness of the frontier."
This new mural came to be thanks to a partnership of the Hannibal Arts Council, the Rotary Club of Hannibal and Mike and Sarah Vorholt, the owners of the building at 113 South Main Street, whose back wall is the home of the Native Spirits mural.
So when you find yourself in the 200 block of Broadway, look south and enjoy Hannibal's newest mural.