Murals have always fascinated me—the way a boring blank wall can be transformed into a work of art. I love the way they educate and inspire local culture. So, I was thrilled to discover the mural painted by Eric Bransby in Sedalia City Hall.
Bransby studied under Thomas Hart Benton, the artist who painted the A Social History of the State of Missouri mural at the Missouri State Capitol. I’m a Missouri native, and it’s a piece I’ve always admired.
Bransby’s life-sized figures depict life in Sedalia.
Bransby’s life-sized figures depict life in Sedalia. They highlight the city’s history of both ragtime music and the railroad. The bold brushstrokes make the figures look as if they’re in motion. Even though it was painted in 1977, the mural has a contemporary twist to it that still makes it relevant today.
Next, Dave’s research took us a few blocks away to another mural in the Circuit Courtroom at the Pettis County Courthouse. The panels around the courtroom represent its history from the early 1800s to the present, including the railroad development, the Missouri State Fair and paintings of historic Sedalia figures like George Whiteman and Scott Joplin.
Jack, who loves to draw, especially enjoyed the artwork. He went through a phase as a toddler where he would color on every blank surface he could find—including the walls.
“See, Mom. Maybe I was just practicing drawing murals back then,” he teased.