Whole Wall Mural - Longest sculpted brick mural in the United States and the largest piece of public art in Kansas!
The Whole Wall is 140 feet long with five sections 15' high and two sections 20' high. Carved onto 6400 green bricks provided by Cloud Ceramics, the local brick manufacturer, the Whole Wall Mural depicts the rich history of Cloud County. The mural was carved in 7 separate sections and took up to 23 different loads of bricks. Each brick weighed approximately 26 lbs. green. Over 90 thousand pounds of clay was used on the Wall.
Using elements of architecture, commerce, customs, geography and history, the mural, titled "Cloud Anthologies" by artist Catharine Magel, St. Lois, Missouri, tells the story of a people with a spirited past, vibrant present and hopeful future.
Work on the Whole Wall Mural began in February 2007 and the last brick was carved on April 18, 2008. Brick mason David Fleming, Fleming Masonry, along with mason Brian Blase and brick tender, Tyler Kuhn, installed the mural in 2009.
About the Artists
Catharine Magel is an internationally know artist working in ceramics, mosaic and painting. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979 from Kansas City Art Institute and her Master of Fine Arts in 1982 from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. During the summer months Catharine paints sets at the St. Loius Municipal Opera Amphitheatre. She chose Mara Smith, Seattle , Washington as her lead assistant on the Whole Wall Project.
Mara Smith has been considered the pioneer of American Brick Sculpture since 1977. She is one of the founding members of the National Association of Women in Masonry. While working on the Whole Wall, Mara found she loved the special qualities of the clay found at Cloud Ceramics. She now spends several months each year in Concordia, Kansas working on other brick sculptures.
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