There's a new mural in town. It's very appropriately called “East Meets West”.
The City approved using a 17' x 48' side wall of the Civic Center for the mural. The mural was painted as part of the Yellowstone Asia Initiative summer art event that took place here in July. A local artist, Parks Reece, designed the mural, then he and several other artists, some local, some from China, painted the very unique and interesting story art on the building.
The Grizzly bear represents the West/Montana/USA in the painting.
The Panda bear represents East/China.
I love how wonderfully imaginative it is! There are several different animals representing both Countries; a bald eagle, a crane, a red fox, and a giant rainbow trout in the sky.
You can see how the Great Wall of China morphs into the Absarokee mountain range, and the sleeping giant is at the right of the mural, under the flying crane.
I'm not sure who the little guy with the yellow hat under the arrow sign is….maybe Parks. I'll have to look a lot closer next time I'm at the civic center. There are all kinds of little hidden things in the painting! Even tho it is at the back of the building, it faces the small park and bandshell where the Farmer's market is held each week in the summer. Everyone gets a nice clear view of it from there. How lucky are we?!!