Beautifying South Broadway

by Debbie Monterrey,

I drove up slowly to Rathbone Hardware on South Broadway for the dedication of the latest mural in the Murals on Broadway project.

It was pouring rain. I mean, POURING rain, so it was hard to see.

I turned the corner and realized the ceremony had been moved indoors to Rathbone’s garage.

The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance.

The Carondelet business community is pretty tight, and previous mural dedications have been challenged by snow and severe weather. The show must go on!

Sister Mary Ann Nestel and artist Richard "Indy" Bowers

Sister Mary Ann Nestel and artist Richard “Indy” Bowersn (credit: Debbie Monterrey/CBS Radio St. Louis)

Artist Richard “Indy” Bowers created a metal puzzle-piece mural, wanting to do something different than the past three murals, which had been painted. Plus, he told me that it helped him avoid being out all day in the hot sun!

Tom Purcell, chairman of the Carondelet Community Betterment Foundation, says his idea of public art to beautify South Broadway has been very well received by the neighborhood, by city government and by the Regional Arts Commission, which has helped fund part of the project.

The second mural, painted by Vesna Delevska.

The second mural, painted by Vesna Delevska. (credit: Carondelet Community Betterment Federation)

One of the murals is called “EYEZ OPEN On Broadway” because when you drive north on Broadway, it appears that the eyes are opening! (See great video of the work in progress here!)

First mural

First mural (credit: Carondelet Community Betterment Federation)

Rathbone Hardware, which has been in existence for more than 100 years, now sports this puzzle-piece mural which can be added to as Carondelet’s history unfurls, says artist Bowers.

The Carondelet Community Betterment Foundation has impressed me with its spirit and enthusiasm.

It’s difficult NOT to cheer for them as they beautify their business district.

Can’t wait for mural number 5!


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