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Painting a large scale mural on City Hall in Hannibal, MO
180 backers pledged $15,497 to help bring this project to life.
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    The Big Idea!

As a muralist I’m always on the hunt for a good wall canvas. This time, it found me! I was contacted by Mayor Hark of Hannibal, Missouri. A bicentennial year only happens once and he had a vision of a large scale mural welcoming the city’s visitors on none other than City Hall. The big wall measures around seventy feet wide by forty feet tall. Adjacent to the city hall once stood another building which has since been removed. This has left a less than attractive brick facade that isn’t very impressive for the towns most public building.

City Hall wall as it looks now.
City Hall wall as it looks now.
Artist concept of proposed mural

 I have the vision to cover the entire east wall with a full color Hannibal themed art mural. The scene was designed to be a visual logo of the city for visitors and residents alike. The art will not be political, or agenda based in any way. It will simply be a beautiful painting that can be used as a photo-op location, town promotion and a place of pride for all in the area. The design isn’t 100% final but it will include Hannibal’s most famous son, Samuel Clemens, Molly Brown and river themes such as a steamboat, eagle and a Huckleberry-looking boy. As the initial artist’ rendering is made more public there may be alterations in layout or content. The wall is on Broadway downtown and can be seen from many directions.

   Help paint the wall!

The campaign goal is $15,000. A lot of money, but necessary to create a very important image on a very big wall that will become the destination point for the beautiful city of Hannibal. A very large hydraulic lift will be rented to reach the heights of the wall. I will be using very expensive silicate paint as the primary material. This paint is made with the same ingredients as cement so it becomes one with the brick wall. It allows the surface to breath so as not to damage the brick surface over time. The paint will not fade, peel or blister as typical latex paints. This requires no scheduled maintenance over the decades the mural will last. Travel, lodging and reward gifts all are included in the goal. Your contributions will help paint this wall!

One additional beauty of this project is that it will not be financed by government funds but rather a grassroots fundraising approach using “Kickstarter.” This platform helps individuals kickstart an idea through the raising of money with rewards. The site has been operating for over ten years and has helped raise millions of dollars for individuals with good ideas.

Collectible 18” x 24” bicentennial poster

 It’s simple for you to help by using Kickstarter. Just go to the “ Back this project” tab and it will direct you to the different  donation levels. Each level comes with its own rewards so look them all over and decide how you would like to help. One of the gifts is a collectible bicentennial poster. This is the most desired item and you can now have the art for the big wall, on your wall. This is only offered every two hundred years, you know! This shows the artist’ initial study but may change slightly as the project develops. 

Once you pledge to donate, no funds are transferred until the campaign gets to the success amount. It’s all or nothing, so one dollar short and there will be no donations, no rewards and unfortunately no wall mural. So please don’t wait, pledge now and pay later. 

4” x 6” Support sticker

With successful funding, I plan on starting around October 1st.  There will be lots of interest, press and conversation about the process. Come visit me and watch it grow!

Risks and challenges

There is no government budget with which to pay for this type of art project. In this time of tight budgets and government accountability, pensions, infrastructure and general funding take precedence. We are going to take advantage of the large network of citizens, art organizations and private businesses to secure all necessary funding. But, without the involvement of the general population it will not happen and the wall will remain an eyesore. As a seasoned muralist of over thirty years I never have difficulty selling the idea of a mural. Everyone wants public art like this. But, where can the funding come from? This approach of getting the public directly involved can be the answer.

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    A City Hall Mural Sticker

    For your pledge of only twenty dollars receive a sincere thank you from me and one Hannibal Mural Support Sticker displaying the finished art design. This sticker measures 4” x 6” and can be placed on your door, car window or maybe back-pack and drink bottle to show you helped support the mural. Without you we don’t succeed and this project is one you can be proud of.

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    Collectible Bicentennial Mural poster

    The most popular reward! For a generous donation of $50 you will receive one 18” x 24” collectible Bicentennial poster and one Support Sticker. Now the image on city hall can be on your wall. What a way to commemorate a two hundred year event for Hannibal. This standard size poster allows you to frame easily and economically.

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    Two Poster Set

    For a seventy-five dollar contribution get a friend pack set of two Bicentennial posters and one Support Sticker. Give one to a friend and keep one for yourself! Each measures an easily framable 18” x 24”.

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    Poster and Postcard Pack

    With a donation of $100 receive a Bicentennial poster along with twenty-five 4” x 6” postcards of the big wall mural at City Hall and one Support Sticker! These postcards are great for your retail store and will only be available here. Visitors will want a commemorative postcard of what will be one of the most photographed sites in the city. The mural image will be on the postcard front while information regarding the art and location is on the back.

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    Group Merchandise Pack

    For the store owner needing special Hannibal merchandise we have a combination package built for you. For a donation of $250 you will receive 5 Bicentennial posters, 50 commemorative postcards and 10 supporter stickers. All of this merchandise will only be available here.

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    Mural Art Combination

    Now we’re getting serious. For a premium project supporter we have a combination reward package. A generous donation of $1,000 will earn you a collection of gifts. In the package are ten Bicentennial posters, fifty commemorative postcards, a specially created 18’ x 24” limited edition canvas print of the conceptual mural art signed by the artist and one Support Sticker! This is a special gift for that special supporter.

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