Some 7,000 feet of floodwalls on both sides of the Ohio River in four states have been transformed into vivid windows into a scene beyond or back in time, thanks to the talents of cadres of artists. Three-quarters of the murals painted by just one man, Louisiana muralist Robert Dafford, who paints historical scenes with such three-dimensional freshness that you feel you can step right into the action. Since 2007, I have photographed all the murals in 13 cities in five states; a dozen of the images have been published in Ohio magazine "Concrete Canvases" (story at http://www.ohiomagazine.com/Main/Articles/Concrete_Canvases_4141.aspx ) and in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (story at http://www.cleveland.com/travel/index.ssf/2010/10/ohio_river_floodwall_murals_pi.html ).
All images copyright Trudy E. Bell
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