Visit One of the Newest Murals in Dubuque
Launching a 10-year partnership with Travel Dubuque & Voices Productions
Located at 105 Locust Street in Dubuque, Iowa
Dubuque's Newest Mural
Travel Dubuque and Voices Productions have launched a rotating mural initiative at 105 Locust Street in Dubuque, Iowa. This large south facing wall acts as an exciting “artistic gateway” for travelers entering Dubuque. A new mural will be produced on this wall annually for the next ten years. Each year the mural will be repainted and renewed, showcasing new artists, and exploring various themes and subjects which relate to life in Dubuque. This year features the impact and history of baseball in the Dubuque area.
Who is the artist behind the mural?
His name is Ryan Christenson, but prefers to go by ARCY. Connecticut Born and Raised. He is known for his style of large scale graffiti/mural art. All started in 2003, he has created murals throughout the United States, England, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, and Australia. ARCY has worked with Smithsonian Institute, Major League Baseball, America’s National Parks Service, and is currently working with The Walt Disney Company as a Disney Fine Artist. His most recent mural that was created in Spring 2021, “Take me out To The Ball Game”.
The Faces Behind the Mural: Charles Comiskey
Charles Comiskey, also known as “The Old Roman” was born in Chicago, Illinois. His baseball career began as a pitcher for amateur ball clubs throughout Chicago. Eventually, he moved to Dubuque to play for a local team. Comiskey was a Manager, Captain, and Player and won 4 straight American Association Pennants. From 1900 to 1931 he was Owner and President of the Chicago White Sox. Eventually, he paid $750,000 to build “Comiskey Park” and remained the owner of the White Sox until his passing in October of 1931. Charles Comiskey was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.
The Faces Behind the Mural: Red Faber
Next up is Urban Charles Faber, known by most as “Red Faber”. Born in Cascade, Iowa, he spent 20 seasons pitching for the Chicago White Sox. During his baseball career, he won 254 games and completed 273 games. Faber led the American League in appearances in 1915 with 50, led the league in earned-run average in 1921 and 1922 pitching more than 330 innings in both seasons. Faber retired in 1933 and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964. Red Faber passed away in September of 1976.
Baseball Roots in Dubuque
America’s favorite pastime has a deeply rooted history in the Dubuque area. Learn more about our history of baseball including the making of the world’s most iconic diamond – the Field of Dreams.
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