The Great Mural Wall of Topeka Adds Two Panels

By: Naomi Pescovitz
By: Naomi Pescovitz

They are freshly painted faces in a historic city, brushed across a once blank wall.

"Statistics show that when you get the kids involved in things like this you have no graffiti," District 3 Topeka City Councilmember Sylvia Ortiz said. "This is the positive graffiti that we want in our city."

They Great Mural Wall of Topeka has two new panels. One is dedicated to the Free Fair, the other, to Central Park.

"It depicts what Central Park before and where it is now, before and after the tornado," Central Park resident Don Perkins said. "It's a great place to be."

The panels of the mural represent the cultural history of Topeka and feature several prominent community members.

"Kay Conn, who lives in Central Park neighborhood, she did most of the work on the history of Central Park that allowed us to create the design that we did for that mural,' lead mural artist David Loewenstein said. "So much, in fact, that it was obvious to me when I was putting the design together that she had to be in that mural."

Kay Conn is a part of the Central Park Mural. She stands looking over her neighborhood, documenting it's history.

"I think it's beautiful, I think it's absolutely beautiful." Kay Conn, Central Park resident and historian said. "He's done a fantastic job on it. I especially like the butterflies, those are just magnificent."

Conn also helped paint parts of the Central Park Panel. She says the butterflies represent hope for Topeka's future.

The mural is located on the 1900 block of Southwest Western Avenue, just west of the Expocentre.


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