Bowerman mural adorns new Fruita library branch

Muralist Lee Bowerman discusses his latest project, “Moonscape,” which covers one of the new walls of the Fruita branch of the Mesa County Library.

Lee Bowerman pays attention to detail.

Stare at his latest mural and you’ll see detailed constellations and real lunar geography.

Bowerman says he can paint almost anything with a little help from the librarians at the Mesa County Library. They were more than willing to help Bowerman find illustration examples of space for the new “Moonscape” mural, which covers an entire wall at the new Fruita branch of the Mesa County Library, located in the Fruita Community Center building.

Bowerman, whose murals grace the walls of many well-known businesses, said he had fun with the details of the lunar mural. He played with the words NASA and NAPA. The odometer of the spaceship console reads the exact mileage from the earth to the moon, and he listed the atmospheric pressure as “scary.”

Rather than paint the stars in a random pattern, he painted exact constellations, including the big and little dippers.

“This one was really fun,” he said.

Bowerman was placing the finishing touches to the painting Wednesday afternoon while carpenters were busy putting the finishing touches to the new building.

The new branch of the library is set to open in conjunction with the new community center, which is tentatively scheduled to open sometime between Jan. 24 and Jan. 29. An official grand opening for both facilities will take place in February.


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