Art at the Columbia Public Library

Missouri History Mural

by the Grant Elementary School Fourth Graders of 2007
with guest artist Heinrich Leonhard

The Missouri History Mural covers a vestibule wall in the children's area of the Columbia Public Library. Children from the 2007 fourth grade classes of Grant Elementary School, along with guest artist Heinrich Leonhard, unveiled the tile mural on November 13, 2008.

The students drew, sculpted and painted low-relief tiles while learning about Missouri history. Their creative, colorful depictions of the MU columns, the capitol building, steamboats, Ginger Rogers, Beetle Bailey and other people and places surround a central panel with a rural scene by Leonhard featuring well-known local musicians Pete McMahan and Jim Ruth. Leonhard made a few tiles himself and library staff member Stephanie Hanson contributed a tile of Harry Truman while pitching in to help the students. Leonhard's terra cotta-colored framing pieces depict natural elements like corn stalks and dogwood flowers and historical scenes like a pioneer wagon train.

This mural was made possible through the generosity of the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation’s Wulfekammer Endowment and the Grant Elementary School PTA and parents.

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