The Presidio Mural
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El Presidio San Agustín del Tucson
The Grand Opening of the Presidio was on Saturday, May 19, 2007.
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson is a recreation of the northeast corner of the old Tucson Presidio which was built in the 1760s as protection from Apache raids. The walls were re-created using local adobe. A large block wall was constructed on the south side. This is the wall upon which I painted the mural. It is a recreation of what Tucson would have looked like if you looked south into the main plaza in 1780. The mural is over 50 feet long and 13 feet tall.
This project took 2 months to sketch out, get approval by the Presidio's commitee of historians, and 4 months to paint. We actually started painting in March '07. All three of my sons assisted me. Peter helped me get the drawing up on the wall at the correct size, angle and perspective. Gabriel and Daniel painted in all the background, and many of the figures. We had to have it "complete" for the Grand Opening of the Presidio on May 19th. Afterwards we continued to work some of the areas, finally finishing in June. We worked in all types of weather.We were all wearing jackets in March when we started. By June, we were working early in the mornings before the 108 degree heat moved in.
I didn't realize this would be such a high profile project. I was interviewed, videotaped, and photographed by every newspaper and television station in Tucson, and was on the front page of the Tucson Citizen: Front page May 14, 2007