Historical mural to be painted at Memorial Park
Starting this week Memorial Park will be getting a creative addition as artist Jacob Duncan will begin work on an historical mural on the side of the concessions building. The mural is being funded by the Raymore Arts Commission as part of its Art in the Parks program, which aims to bring more public art to the community.
Duncan specializes in historical murals and has worked with several cities across the Kansas City region, including Overland Park, Liberty and Excelsior Springs creating original works of art that provide a glimpse into a community’s past.
“The Raymore Arts Commission is excited about the new mural at Memorial Park. Many talented artists submitted applications to the Public Arts Committee, however we were most pleased that Jacob was selected to paint it,” Arts Commission Chairwoman Sharon Parys said. “His concept of incorporating the history of Raymore in the mural was a major factor in his selection and we appreciate the time and research he did to come up with the final design. The mural will be a nice addition to the ongoing renovations at Memorial Park and is another example of the important work that the Raymore Arts Commission has undertaken for this community.”
The Raymore Arts Commission’s Public Art Committee began working with Duncan in December 2017. As part of his process, Duncan researched the history of the community and developed his design by gathering information from Raymore’s Centennial History Book and through the Cass County Library. Duncan also worked closely with the City’s Parks & Recreation and Community Development departments.
Staff also met with members of the Raymore Historical Society before the mural’s final approval to gather input from its members.
The 24’ by 12’ mural will feature several images from Raymore’s history blending into one another: Shonka Sabe “Black Dog,” Chief of Hunka Division of the local Osage tribe; one of Raymore’s many farms; a mule team representing our community’s successful farriers and horse farms; the G-11 locomotive on its last run in 1937 with its crew; the historic Raymore ball team; and local wildflowers common to Cass County.
Duncan unveiled his proposed work to the Public Art Committee in a January meeting and the Committee met again in February and March to consider the design. The full Arts Commission gave its final approval of the mural at its meeting on April 10. All Raymore Arts Commission and Public Arts Committee meetings are open to the public and posted on the lobby monitor at City Hall and the City’s website at least 48 hours in advance.