Artist: Brigitte Selby. Mural at the Whistle Stop Cafe
What was the inspiration behind the piece?
The inspiration behind the mural at the Whistle Stop Cafe was initially the means of transportation during the last couple of centuries, since Travelers Rest was a rest stop for travelers on their way towards the mountains. The idea was to show a wagon drawn by oxen or horses, a steam locomotive and people riding bikes. But when I looked at the wall one day with a new pizza oven recently added, I could see the train coming towards me with the pizza oven as the cow catcher. Therefore the whole design was based on the location and size of the pizza oven.
How long did the piece take to create?
I created the mural in the span of two years, from 2015 to 2017. When the temperatures were below or above the recommended temperature range for the paint, I stopped painting. I painted the train and the landscape in 2015 and 2016. The “Whistle Stop Cafe“ sign was added in spring 2016.
What is your favorite part of the piece? Why?
What‘s my favorite part of the mural? Definitely the oven, because it was a challenge to integrate as the cowcatcher of the train, but makes the whole piece truly three-dimensional.
Completed date: June 2016