MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Crews continue to put the finishing touches on the new Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan.
A massive mural is being installed in the main exhibit area at the interactive history and science learning center.
The painting is being done by Randall Bennett from Tall Grass Museum Services, based in Lawrence, Kansas. Bennett is a Kansas State University graduate who has done artwork in 40 museums across the country.
He says his mural in Manhattan captures the different aspects of the Flint Hills landscape.
“It’s approximately 80 feet long and 28 feet high and my studio is not this big so I managed to paint it in six pieces and my installers just finished hanging it yesterday. Now, I’m in the process of seeming it as we call it and blending it all together,” Bennett told WIBW.
“It speaks to the historical value and ecological value of the Flint Hills themselves for modern man- why it is important, why are we saving it, why we don’t want to overdevelop it,” he added.
The mural also features 2-D and 3-D sculptures. Bennett will be working on the painting over the next 10 days.
The Flint Hills Discovery Center opens April 14, 2012. The $25 million project is being funded through state bonds.
Workers are also completing the installation of the Discovery Center's permanent displays which were created in Saint Paul, Minnesota and explain the history and biology of the Flint Hills region .
There will also be a hands-on kid zone, interactive family learning area and a triple high definition theater.