Friday, June 19, 2009

Duane Flatmo Nears Completion on the Willow Creek Ace Hardware Building Bigfoot Mural

Work proceeds on the Ace Hardware Bigfoot Mural here on the main drag of Willow Creek, CA. Artist Duane Flatmo has been working busily on the final touch-up and detailing, and one can see him out there on his ladder beside Highway 299 on most weekdays. In fact, he's been so busy he hasn't had a chance to respond to our emailed interview questions. For now, here are some unfinished examples of the mural. The final product will look even better. Watch for our upcoming post for a full artist profile and links, plus his views on what "Bigfoot in the Community" actually might mean. The teasers below depict Bigfoot helping out Willow Creek area Native Americans, pioneers, builders and others. Here the cryptid creature is a contractor, gardener, farmer, lumberjack and miner.

Click the long, horizontal image below to see an enlarged montage of all the panels pieced together. It took eight photos with my Sony CyberShot camera to encompass it all. Justice is not done to the image here, but hey, at least you get to see it in some hint of its narrative glory.