Rural murals transform everyday Kansas into art

The idea of outdoor art in the form of murals is making a comeback for many Kansas towns. It's a trendy new economic development tool.


State News

October 15, 2021 - 3:53 PM

Hays artist Matt Miller holds a smaller version of the artwork he created for his new mural. He's had it taped to the wall to help him translate the painting to a larger scale. Photo by David Condos/Kansas News Service

HAYS — Matt Miller slowly walks backward into the middle of 5th Street in downtown Hays.

The wall in front of him used to make up the plain, gray side of a local glass shop. Now, it’s his giant concrete canvas — 13 feet tall by more than 18 feet wide — for painting one of the northwest Kansas town’s new murals.

It’s so large that he has to take a step back every once in a while just to get a good look at his progress.

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