New Alley Art Sesquicentennial Mural Unveiled


(Le Mars) — Following last (Thursday) evening’s Primebank Ice Cream Social, the Sesquicentennial committee formally unveiled the latest Alley Art mural located on the north wall of the Frontier Communications Building. Artist Mitch Zenk created the concept for the colorful mural that showcases many of Le Mars’ destination highlights. He says he was inspired for the concept of
the mural from a vintage postcard.

Zenk says the dimensions of the mural painting are 32 feet long and 16 feet high which equals 512 square feet. Instead of painting the mural directly to the wall of the building, Zenk painted a series of panels, then assembled the
panels like a puzzle.

Zenk says he assembled scaffolding in his father’s machine shed in order to paint the mural and remain on time with his deadline. The artist says the complete work, from concept to finish product, involved several months.

The mural is divided in half, with the upper half featuring several of Le Mars’ famous structures.

The lower half of the mural shows a family riding their bicycles along the many miles of Le Mars recreational trails, along with the skyline of Le Mars.

The mural artist says he has received numerous positive comments about the new mural.

Le Mars has two other works by Zenk hanging in the alleys. One of Zenk’s murals can be found on the west wall of the Siouxland Hospice building, along Plymouth Street showing tribute to the Susemihl’s Standard Service Station, the other is an abstract piece of art, located behind Bad Habit Boutique showcasing different colors and shapes.


The complete unedited interview with Artist, Mitch Zenk.