I started back on my public art project in May once the weather warmed up and dried out. I’m nearly finished with the east side of the building, with only one more image to paint. The images on the east side are (L-R) George Baggley in Turkey (1966), George Baggley receiving the National Park Service Distinguished Service Medal from Secretary of the Interior Stuart Udall (1968), a photograph I took of a bicyclist on the Boise Greenbelt (in progress).
The process has been a long one, and I underestimated the time it would take to complete the project. Of course, starting in October didn’t help much, either. I worked at it as long as I could before the cold put an end to if for the season. In December I was painting in thermal underwear and fingerless gloves, trying to keep the paint warm enough with a heater so I could paint a thin line. It was like painting with chocolate pudding, sometimes!
But, I think the mural is representative of the life of George Baggley and an asset to the park and the surrounding neighborhood. I’ve received lots of positive comments from park visitors, some of whom stop by regularly to check on my progress.
George Baggley receiving the National Park Service Distinguished Service Medal from Interior Secretary Stuart Udall in 1968