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About this Exploration:
A planning team, with the assistance of Abilene Downtown Revitalization committee, studied many other murals, spoke to many artists, looked at many locations and reviewed many materials. In the end, the team decided that the project should be community based and should emphasize the artistic process as much as the end result.
After interviewing many artists and deliberating many ideas, William Counter from Chapman, KS was chosen to be the lead artist and produce his idea, Digitized Ike.
Artist William Counter shared his idea with many community groups and received tremendous support. Abilene resident, Duane Schrag, even wrote a software program specific to this project to reduce the color pattern into 8 shades of grade and ensure precision in painting each pixel of Digitized Ike.
The project became a reality thanks to Greg Davis, owner of the wall on which Digitized Ike is painted. Mr. Davis generously invested in the repair of the wall allowing for a suitable surface on which to paint.
William worked with intensively behind the scenes by mentoring two high school seniors planning on pursuing post-secondary education in Fine Arts. In a selfless act, William turned over his artist fee to be shared as scholarships for these students who were just getting off to college.
The preliminary work of priming and gridding the wall began at the end of May 2007. On June 11, the scaffolding went up and with the help of community volunteers coming out to paint, the mural was completed in two days.
The Arts Council of Dickinson County hopes that you enjoy the Digitized Ike mural for many years to come.
Glenda Purkis - Abilene CVB - Director
201 NW Second Street
Abilene, KS 67410