Artist Meghan Meier is painting the latest work in the Laramie Mural Project, a partnership among local businesses and artists, Laramie Main Street and the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

The mural, “Escape,” is on the north and east walls of Undercover Beds and Spas at Garfield and Second streets and is designed specifically for the location. Meier was inspired by walking or biking by that corner several times a day, she said in a release.

"Not only did I want to paint something that I was proud of, I wanted to paint something that would make me smile every time I saw it . . . (and) I wanted the mural to make other people smile as well."

Last summer, Meier also created the mural “Grainery Grove” on the alley wall of Whole Earth Grainery.

The new mural incorporates the three things the artist loves most -- bikes, rocks and trees -- portrayed in a Vedauwoo-inspired landscape.

"I drew an aspen tree escaping his grove for a pleasure ride. The rocky landscape he rides through is certainly unrealistic, but familiar. He’s free for the day and stoked about it. Hopefully, (it’s) reminding everyone to get out and play; enjoy what’s around us; and smile at least a few times a day," Meier said.

“Escape” is the first of as many as four murals planned for the downtown area this summer. It has been funded by the Guthrie Family Foundation, City of Laramie and the Wyoming Arts Council.

Contact Features Editor Kristy Gray at 307-266-0586 or kristy.gray@trib.com.

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