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Replica of Obihiro mural to be dedicated


Seward Mural Society

The east wall of Murphy’s Inn stands ready for mural installation.

The small version of the mural that will be installed in Obihiro this fall is being placed in Seward this week. The design for “Friendship Across Water” goes to Seward’s sister city in Japan this September, accompanied by eight art delegates and Mayor Seaward.

Last fall during the Seward Music and Art Festival, Seward Mural Society painted the replica. The society felt that it would be wise to practice on the design to identify problem areas so that when it is painted in Japan, the kinks would be ironed out. Notes were taken on the process so that things will go smoothly in Obihiro when the Japanese artists paint it. The Seward version consists of two panels end to end whereas the one in Obihiro will be eight panels for a total size of 32 feet long by 8 feet high.

The Seward installation will be on the east wall of Murphy’s Inn across from the ball park.

The mural will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. June 7 as part of First Friday Art Walk.

The mural was designed by master artist Justine Pechusal. She is well known in Seward for three other murals, the statehood mural at the Seward Post Office, the big whales on Christo’s south exterior wall, and a school generated mural on the south side of Seward Elementary.


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