Local artist spreads environmentally conscious message in mural

Local artist Heather Reynolds works to complete a large mural on the north interior wall at Local Burger, 714 Vt. The mural focuses on how all plants, animals and humans are connected and important to the sustainability of our planet.

Local artist Heather Reynolds works to complete a large mural on the north interior wall at Local Burger, 714 Vt. The mural focuses on how all plants, animals and humans are connected and important to the sustainability of our planet. by Mike Yoder

Few restaurants have their business philosophy painted onto the side wall of their dining area. But that’s exactly what Local Burger owner Hilary Brown did when she hired Heather Reynolds to create a large mural in her downtown restaurant.

Known for serving organic vegetables and grass-fed meats, Local Burger’s goal is to connect people with their food source.

In the mural a giant spider web visualizes that inner-relatedness by linking a “new generation of farmers,” grass-grazing animals, a compost pile and Kansas wildlife. And according to Reynolds, a host of other meanings are tucked away in the mural.

“Not only can artists be the change they want to see in the world. But they can paint the change they want to see in the world,” Reynolds said.

This isn’t the first environmentally themed mural that Reynolds has painted. She’s responsible for the mural that in 2009 spruced up Evans Import Services, near 22nd Street and Haskell Avenue. That mural depicts the evolution of vehicles, from horse-drawn carriages to the Model T, ending with a Toyota Prius. Wind turbines dot the horizon and a giant globe rests in a pair of hands.

She also painted the artwork at the 12th and Haskell Recycling Center.

“I feel what we give our energy to grows. And artwork can be a wonderful thing to look at and as a community consciously focus on this message together,” she said.

Tagged: Heather Reynolds, environmental art, Local Burger

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Comments

JustNoticed 3 years, 6 months ago

Lovely. But I still can't get over the fried I got there once. They were dripping dark brown grease. Quite repulsive.

Dan Eyler 3 years, 6 months ago

Have young people, because our educational system, become this out of touch with Kansas values and conservation that they don't even understand land use. Kansans have been conservationists that pass along the value of our land. We hunt so we understand our prairies and timber, we fish and we understand our waterways, lakes and ponds, we farm and we understand our pastures and open fields. Somewhere along the way our educational system has not shared our values and instead have attempted to replace them with environmentalist theory and now our kids only understand a painting on a wall by an artist who paints a pretty picture. Cotton hardware now has competition.

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