I'm sure you have heard various numbers bandied about as to the cost of the Whole Wall Brick Mural Project. One proposal at the time of artist selection came in at $350,000. Current retail pricing would put this project at $500,000 plus tax. To our knowledge, it is the largest single brick mural in the United States.
The artist, Catharine Magel, has been working on this project for at least 5 years. The carving phase took 2 years, 2007-2008 and now in the third year is to be completed this June 2009. The Cloud County community has contributed over half the cost of the project in volunteered time, services, and materials.
To date: monies applied to this commission:
Artist to design and carve the project $70,000
With installation supervision: 6 weeks $9,000
Mason contract to install the mural: $40,000