|NEOSHO, MO – A dedication ceremony of the “Rocketdyne Mural” will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Davidson Hall on the Crowder College campus in Neosho. Newton County Tourism Committee members, Steve Roark, and Allen Bishop, Crowder art instructor and muralist, will speak. A "Walking Tours of Downtown Neosho Murals" brochure will be available for distribution.
The mural was painted by former Rocketdyne (now named Premiere Turbines) employee and technical artist, Larry Sanchez in 1963.
The Rocketdyne plant was heavily involved building engines for rockets that carried Americans into space. The mural depicts Sanchez's interpretation of what space would look like in the future.
Sanchez originally painted the mural for display in his company's employee cafeteria. The Newton County Tourism Committee along with Premiere Turbines in deciding that the mural needed to be more visible to the community, worked with administration from Crowder College to find a location that would be more suitable for display. The mural will reside on the first floor of Davidson Hall outside science labs and classrooms.
Sanchez is also responsible for the tiled mural on the South side of Mills Park Centre building near Big Spring Park.