Murals at City Hall

Murals at City Hall

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Joplin at the Turn of the Century, 1896-1906, is Thomas Hart Benton's only autobiographical work and one of his finest creations. Dedicated on Joplin's 100th birthday in 1973, this piece was Benton’s final signed mural. Evolution of a Mural, located on the mezzanine of City Hall, accompanies the display and documents the development of Benton's thought process. Featuring one of Benton’s few remaining maquettes known to exist, it includes his rough sketches of this monumental work in progress. Route 66 - Joplin, Missouri, was completed and dedicated in April 2010, having been commissioned by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee. Artist Anthony Benton Gude, the grandson of Thomas Hart Benton, created the piece to reflect Joplin during the mid-20th century. He focused on Route 66 and its relevance to the vitality of Main Street. Find the painting on permanent display in Joplin City Hall. Free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m; on weekends, by appointment.
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