Grants Help Restore WSU Miro Mural

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The art museum at Wichita State University will use a $250,000 grant to repair a massive mosaic by Spanish artist Joan Miro.

The money comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The mosaic, which measures 28 feet by 52 feet, was installed in 1978 across the south facade of the Ulrich Museum of Art.

The outdoor mural, called Bird People, depicts several surrealist birds.

The studio in France that created the mural based on a Miro painting affixed about 1 million pieces of Venetian glass and marble to particle board. Kansas' extreme weather caused pieces to pop off, sometimes as many as 400 a year.

Officials estimate the restoration will cost $3 million and take about five years.

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