Inmate artist creates mural on side of Baker Block Museum

baker block museum mural

An inmate artist paints details on a depiction of the Bank of Baker, which stood across Baker Block Museum on State Road 189.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 04:32 PM.

BAKER — An inmate artist from the Century Correctional Institute is restoring a local landmark while creating a large-scale depiction of this north county community's heritage.

The public art project replaces the Baker Block Museum's former mural that had deteriorated over the years. Like the original, the new mural celebrates Baker's founding as a railroad town.

In addition to an old locomotive pulling into the town's  depot, the painting includes the now-defunct Bank of Baker and the old Hart Hotel.

"The three buildings we're using were all once within a stone's throw of the museum," Baker Block Museum director Ann Spann said.

Spann said she provided the artist, who by Department of Corrections regulations can't be identified, with copies of old photos of the three now-lost buildings.

The museum also provided paint and other supplies for the project, which is expected to take another five weeks or so to be completed.

"This is a massive project," the artist said. The Department of Corrections granted the interview on a condition that the artist’s identity not be revealed. "I haven't done anything this big before."

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