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On The Bus

The Stories

The Images


The Images

The mural images are drawn and painted in gouache, acrylic, watercolor, ink, colored pencil, pastels, and scratchboard. They show local people at work over the last century. Many of the images are adapted from historical photographs and drawings in the Labor Archive’s collection and from photographs taken by the artists of people around them. Labor artists and photographers also contributed their work. The illustrations are rendered in four different color schemes to represent historical periods: black and white for the nineteenth century through 1929, sepia for the 1930s and 1940s, blue tones for the 1950s-1970s and full color for the 1980s to the present. Four different typestyles are used for the quotes, each of them popular during the era that they represent. After the images were drawn and painted, the text of the quotes was added to the panels, and the panels were then digitally reproduced. Twenty-four panels make up the mural, which measures 11 inches high by 56 feet long.