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Schiel mural finds proper home

1/21/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

The Kansas State Historical Mural has found its final resting place. It has been hung in room 251-S, the Office of the Governor Conference Room in the State Capitol Building in Topeka. The room is connected to the lieutenant governor's office on the second floor.

The unofficial unveiling of the mural will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29, also Kansas Day. Dennis Schiel will be standing with the mural throughout the day to answer questions about its creation.

The mural was commissioned by Hays Arts Council in four years, 447 hours of library research, 2,652 hours of painting, and more than 73,000 miles of travel throughout the state in completing the mural.

Kansas is full of history, notable individuals, animals, happenings, and this mural contains more than 300 historical subjects in Kansas since it's statehood in 1861. All the pathways that helped form this state are represented, including two railroads, the Kansas Pacific Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Other historic pathways include the Chisholm Trail, Western Cattle Trail, Parallel Road, Smokey Hill Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail and many others.

Schiel, the artist, believes he has accomplished his goal, which was "to paint a historical mural which would create a sense of 'awe' to its viewers."

Schiel has been a professional artist for more than 30 years. He moved to Hays in 2007 from Colorado.