Southeast Missouri State University
River Campus Mural
Installation and Dedication of the
The mural has been moved to the River
Campus lobby which will be its final home.
This view displays the design of the
canvas strecher system built for the mural.
The frame built by Wahle's Wood Working
in Union, MO is in place and ready to be assembled.
A marvelous job by Wahle's Wood Working.
All corners were bolted together. No glue was needed. They were
The way to check if a frame is square
is to measure the diagonals of the frame...corner to opposite
When I measured the assembled frame,
the tape read 139 1/8". I then went in the opposite direction
and the measurement
was 139 1/8". You can't do better
than perfect. It is very difficult to get that close on smaller
frames let alone a frame of this size.
The frame is assembled and cross braced
to be moved in front of the wall to which the mural will be permanently
Another moment of truth. Will the stretched
canvas fit the frame?
The fit was perfect. The frame was
designed to have 3/8" tolerance. The canvas fit so well that
when lowered into the frame,
air rushed from under the face of the
frame. No adjustments had to be made.
Smiles all the way around from the
maintenance staff at Southeast.
A check around the edges......great
Cross bracing is being added before
The next day it was time to lift the
mural up and into position to be installed on the wall.
With blankets in place to pad the frame
and mural, it was slowly lifted into posititon.
The fit on the mounting brackets was
However, one small problem. We couldn't
get one of the lifting straps loose from behind the mural.
One of the workers said that it was
a tight fit, and, if his wife was there with her small hands,
get the strap out. Who do I know with
small hands? My wife, of course. So, you can see Sandy on her
the ladder reaching behind the mural
to retrieve the stubborn strap. I've often said she saved the
mural that day.
The screws are drilled through the
mounting brackets and the mural is in place.
With the addition of the steamboat
chimneys, the mural is installed.
A happy couple!!
The mural was dedicated on October
Inland Waterways: The Highways of Our
Gary R. Lucy
All the best to you,
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