Ferdinand the Bull, 2016 – 2017, public art mural. Located at 1440 Main Street, Ferdinand, Indiana. Oil and enamel on concrete wall, 24 x 65 feet.
Lisa Marie Thalhammer painted a 24 x 65 foot mural depicting Ferdinand the Bull, located at the 1440 Main Street Ferdinand Antique Emporium. This new public artwork is inspired by “The Story of Ferdinand,” a children’s book by American author Munro Leaf, which tells the story of a bull who would rather smell the flowers than participate in bullfights. After the release of this best selling story in 1936, the Town of Ferdinand began using the bull as an icon on the Town’s utility and fire trucks.
In collaboration with Dubois County Forest Park School educator Rock Emmert and Ferdinand Antique Emporium business owner, Keith Fritz, visual artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer painted this new public art work on the side of the 1440 Main Street warehouse building, which is visible from both the Forest Park High School and Main Street. The artist represents Ferdinand among peonies (the Indiana state flower), oak tree acorns and a brilliant Indianan sunset. The mural also incorporates a quote from the original Ferdinand the Bull story and the Ferdinand town motto.
This public art mural will serve a large population of both locals and tourists who drive along Main Street and stop at the Ferdinand Antique Emporium. Additionally, the mural location can also be seen from Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School, with buses of students passing the mural daily. The artist gave 8 different artist talks to students from Forest Park during the mural installation process. Along with the community they gained a greater knowledge of the art making process and the meaning behind and history of the Ferdinand the Bull story. A variety of community members supported and also participated in the creation of this public artwork. Volunteers Jenny Fritz, Shawnee Patton, Rock Emmert, Benjamin Thorne and Stephanie Gresamen and Karen Gist helped to paint and install the mural while other contributions from the Town of Ferdinand, Dubois County County Community Foundation, Muller True Value, Ferdinand Farmer’s Insurance Group, the Fritz family and Ken Sicard, Ferdinand Town Council President made this project possible.
- Dubois County Free Press: “Renowned muralist brings Ferdinand the Bull to Ferdinand” by Matthew Crane, November 16, 2016
- The Dubois County Herald: “Bullish On The Mural” by Sarah Ann Jump, published November 15, 2016, pg1
- News Channel 18 WJTS: Evening News by Prisma Lopez-Marin, November 14, 2016, minute 3:35 – 7:03
- The Dubois County Herald: “Mural will depict town’s adopted mascot”, by Sam Stites, November 2, 2016, pg 1 & 24
- Kathy Tretter, “Ferdinand Town Council: Public Art a Go At 1440 Main Street”, Ferdinand News, September 14 2016, pg 11
- Kathy Tretter, “Ferdinand the Bull Soon To Become a Permanent Fixture”, Ferdinand News, November 2, 2016, pg 1 & A11