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Downtown Rock Springs has an award-winning Main Street for many reasons – one being the vibrant public art found around town. Larger than life murals, commissioned by the Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency, are inspired by the Southwestern Wyoming landscapes and wildlife, and the history of Sweetwater County. Next time you’re passing through, make sure to get a glimpse of these ten works of art and counting.
Rock Spring’s first mural was created back in 2014 by artist Valerie Doshier. Titled “Big Country,” the mural reflects the high-desert landscape found in and around Sweetwater County. Those who spot this mural may recognize iconic geographical landmarks including the Killpecker Sand Dunes and Boar’s Tusk. Wild horses and a steam engine are also depicted in the 126-by-24-foot mural.
Find it: Above the M Street underpass
Featuring the artist’s four-year-old son and abstract paint splashes on a 30-by-30-foot wall, “Ambition Within” by ARCY represents the freedom and opportunities available to the nation’s future generations.
Find it: Corner of 5th and J Streets, Rock Springs, WY 82901
“Pronghorn” is a work of art featuring wildlife native to the area including a coyote, snake, rabbit and bird. Painted by Wyoming-based artist Dan Toro, the mural represents a vision of community where each animal has its own role in relation to the others.
Find it: Corner of Elk and North Front Streets, Rock Springs, WY 82901
Painted across two adjacent walls, “Plateau” depicts a flying raptor and ARCY’s signature paint splashes. The mural represents artists' perseverance in recognizing their goals and overcoming struggles like that of a bird of prey.
Find it: 327 C Street, Rock Springs, WY 82901 (on the side of Pla Mor Lanes Bowling)
Welcoming both tourists and locals to downtown, “Rock Springs” by Jesse Stark portrays the history of Sweetwater County. Each letter features different aspects of the community including the Rock Springs Coal Welcome Arch and nearby rock formations. More than 20 youth volunteers helped complete the mural.
Find it: 701 2nd Street, Rock Springs, WY 82901
Inspired by Rock Spring’s coal mining history, “The Power of Coal” by Dan Toro features coal camp images, mining tools and a train car over a patterned background.
Find it: Corner of M and North Front Streets, Rock Springs, WY 82901
“Disarming” by Rose Klein, is an homage to the history of Sweetwater County’s Chinese immigrants, featuring a dragon and miners.
Find it: 128 Elk Street, Rock Springs, WY 82901 (on the side of Mountain Bay Scuba)
Incorporating Wyoming’s diverse wildlife and landscape, “Freedom” by Chad Bolsinger depicts a swirling scene of wild horses, birds and rock formations.
Find it: 518 Broadway Street, Rock Springs, WY 82901 (on the side of Color Works on Broadway)
“Lioness” by Rose Klein celebrates the 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage and features civil rights leaders such as Anna Julia Cooper and Ida B. Wells. The mural represents the movement’s past successes as well as the ongoing fight for equality.
Find it: 725 North Front Street, Rock Springs, WY 82901
While this mural isn’t located in Rock Springs, “Spirit of the Wild” by KEY DETAIL in Green River is worth the visit. The colorful work of art captures the spirit of the city’s railroading past, featuring wild horses, Castle Rock, a train and the city’s namesake river.
Find it: On the side of the CenturyLink building on Flaming Gorge Way, Green River, WY 82935