Nov 17, 2015


Western Avenue Association

This vibrant mural includes amazing sculptural elements, and was sponsored by Google in 2015. Lead artist Nick Bayer works with sculptural elements frequently and he worked with his co-artists James Clark and Sam Douglas to create an amazing piece of work. This is the first and currently only 3D mural in Oklahoma City, located on the south wall of the Diane Lee Building at NW 71st Street and N. Western Avenue.

The Wilderness on Western mural tells the story of the diversity and fragility of Oklahoma’s wildlife.  The mural highlights just some of the endangered species that call Oklahoma home as well as showcasing a wide array of animals that inhabit the many geographically diverse environments of Oklahoma. The mural visually flows across the wall incorporating colors often associated with nature. The wall will also contain a few reliefed animals to add interest made out of polyuria coated EPS foam. The wall will be painted with an exterior acrylic paint and the animal forms will be painted in vibrant colors. We hope that the mural brings awareness and pride to the people of Oklahoma and becomes one of many wonderful murals in the Western business district.  
Nick Bayer earned his BFA and M.Ed. from the University of Central Oklahoma and his MFA from Kansas State University. He is currently the Creative Director at Taylor Foam as well as an active practitioner in the arts. Nick’s unique constructions have been shown regionally and his work belongs to many public and private collections. His mural work can be seen throughout the walls of the state of Oklahoma.
I am a backpacker and a traveler.  Whatever my hands can create I try, mostly I fail but every now and again something special for me happens. My work ranges from sculpture, pen and ink, acrylic and aerosol from time to time. I admire the process of creating more than any outcome. During my college career at Oklahoma State University I pursued sculpture, usually taking an important image or icon from the past, be it a three dimensional arch, or painting, and breaking it down transforming the image into something more organic and approachable. Over the last 8 years I’ve been exploring color and composition. I am currently living Oklahoma City and looking forward to any opportunities to continue creating. 
Sam Douglas is an independent artist working in mixed media. He has been actively pursuing his career and promoting his artwork since 2010. He has displayed his art in several areas in Oklahoma City, including the Paseo area and the Plaza Arts District. Most recently Sam has participated in shows and fundraisers: Artini, Reddot, Biting the Apple, Downtown Edmond Arts Festival and the Plaza District Festival. Sam has a passion for wildlife and enjoys incorporating it into his artwork. He is currently living in Norman, Oklahoma. 
Nick Bayer, James Clark, Sam Douglas
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