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Marquette and Joliet - Explore the Mississippi River by barnsis

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Marquette and Joliet - Explore the Mississippi River by 

Note: All images in this series may be found in the Wall Art collection on our page.

Cape Girardeau Missouri sits on the Mississippi River in Southeast Missouri. There is a long concrete flood wall all along the down town area, between the river and the town. It has gates that can be closed during floods to protect the buildings along the river front.

This wall art depicts Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet who led the first French expedition down the Mississippi River. They made it to near the mouth of the Arkansas River then turned around and returned north after being warned by Indians that it was very dangerous to continue on south.

The River Heritage Mural Association had artists (listed below) paint the entire wall with historic scenes. The scenes are called the “Mississippi River Tales”. This is the second Panel in the series.

The cut stone wall you see here is actually painted on the smooth concrete wall. Then the historic scenes are painted over the cut stone look art. The entire Wall Mural has an 18,000 square foot painted area, is 15 foot tall and 1,100 feet long.

This Panel was sponsored by the families of James W and Evelyn Riley in memory of Herbert Taylor.

Designed and Painted by Thomas Melvin Painting Studio Chicago
Artists include ~ Thomas Melvin ~ Cameron Pfiffner ~ Gary Borremans ~ Craig Thomas ~ Megan Thrower ~ Amanda Thornberry ~ May Melvin ~ Ian Caldwell ~~ Painting of the Murals started in October 2003 ~ (Sketches were started the year before) ~ Completed December 2004 ~ The Wall Murals were Dedicated July 7, 2005

Cape Girardeau Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau ~ 400 Broadway Street ~ Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-5636 ~ (573) 335-1631

Fuji Finepix S5800

Note: All of the art on the flood wall at Cape Girardeau Missouri is copyright protected. I have permission from the copyright owners to show my images of this art, however none of it is for sale.

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  • snapitnc
    snapitncover 3 years ago

    nice work barny,keep them coming my friend! cheers mike

  • Thanks Mike, this was supposed to be number two but I skipped it (:>) there are only about 18 more (:>)

    – barnsis

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 3 years ago


  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Another awesome capture my friend!!!

  • Thank you Cee, this was supposed to be number two, got lost (:>)

    – barnsis

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 3 years ago

    Great shot…love this series MT1 even though I haven’t been able to comment on all your postings!

  • Thank you MT2 no problem my dear

    – barnsis

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 3 years ago

    Each and every one of these is fascinating and wonderfully depicted. Thank you for sharing them with us, bro!

  • Thank you for taking the time to look at all of them sis

    – barnsis

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Amazing scene…I have enjoyed this serious tremendously!

  • Thank you, and thanks to you, as you know when photographing a flat surface you get curvature because of the curve in the camera lens. Thanks to you I was able to take most of that effect out of these.

    – barnsis

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Another great work in the series !

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

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