Capital Oriented Murals

Happy belated 4th of July! With this Monday being a federal holiday, I think it’s fitting to do a post on historical murals, some of which are in state capitol buildings and capital locations.

First up, murals by Barry Faulker at the National Archives. When you click on the links, numbers appear to help identify all of the figures in these murals. This is a  very interesting site to learn about the restoration of these historic murals.

Faulker Murals 1 courtesy National Archives seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

Declaration Mural by Barry Faulkner via the National Archives

Constitution Mural by Barry Faulker at the National Archives, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Constitution Mural by Barry Faulker at the National Archives

This mural is in progression in DC (federal capital city) on the exterior of the Foggy Bottom Grocery. I’m not sure what it is depicting but it may be finished by now.

DCMetrocentric_Mural as seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

Foggy Bottom Mural courtesy DC Metrocentric

The four murals in the Frankfort, KY Capitol Dome by Tricia Spaulding reflect Kentucky’s cultural heritage. Click the link to view them all.

Frankfort KY Dome Murals via The State Journal seen on Art Is Everywhere

Frankfort KY Dome Murals via The State Journal

Tricia Spaulding Murals1 as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Tricia Spaulding Murals 2 as seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

Finally, this realistic Chief Pontiac mural is one of 19 murals that has helped increased tourism by 99% in Pontiac, IL.

ChiefPontiacMural in Pontiac, IL via Pontiac Daily Leader, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Chief Pontiac Mural in Pontiac, IL via Pontiac Daily Leader

Derby Day

There's a lot I could say about art regarding The Kentucky Derby, just by association of my family's Kentucky heritage and my very prolific artistic Aunt but the Derby, specifically, is Louisville's sophisticated Mardi Gras — meaning lots of eccentric stuff happens — even with all the upper crust fancy hats to be seen on Derby Day. No matter how you celebrate Derby Day, here's a few things that you could use:

1) A Rose themed centerpiece — better yet, one made of chocolate cake.

2) Bottle art — Woodford Reserve

3) Mint Juleps

4) Burgoo — a type of stew (gumbo can be compared but without the seafood). I didn't even know what this was but here's the recipe for Chess Pie, the other essential — to eat as reward after eating the burgoo:

— featured in the Kentucky Derby Museum and from the Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook (can’t get more official than that!)

1 stick butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup flour

pinch of salt

2 tbs. Kentucky bourbon

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup chopped chocolate chips

1 9 inch pie shell, partially baked

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, flour, salt and bourbon.  Add chocolate chips, and nuts.  Stir well.  Pour into partially baked pie shell and bake for 30 minutes or until center is set.  Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  Here is another recipe with a great picture.

And more on the origins of the pie.

Some recipes use walnuts, but I prefer pecans.

 

 5) And of course hats…. Happy Kentucky Derby Day this Saturday.

PS: I'll be celebrating twofold because I got my blog, image upload working again — due to my FTP beefing up their security and I had to reset the permissions. One more thing off my list.