Parks department unveils Harmon Park Mural
The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Department formally unveiled the first installment of the Harmon Park Art Trail on Saturday, May 19. The inaugural project is a large mural on the Harmon Park building located by the Bark Park, skate park and playground. The mural is the creation of master muralist Doug Myerscough, titled “Dogs Walking Hippies.”
“It’s a three-part mural project with carved totems,” Myerscough said. “It’s all about the color of this wonderful town — its people, personality, history and high sense of fun.”
The Harmon Park Mural Project is part of the 2018 May Festival of the Arts and made possible by the city of Eureka Springs and Eureka Springs Arts Council. Parks director Justin Huss said the trails and Bark Park are very popular.
“We want it to be a fun place for families to enjoy, so the idea of an Art Trail just seemed to be a perfect fit,” Huss said. “And Doug is the perfect artist to translate that into something big to launch the trail.”
This is the second major project for Myerscough, the first being the colorful 2015 “Up Stairs” project located on the stairwell off North Main Street. The stairs have become one of the most popular photo opportunities in Eureka Springs.
Myerscough is a native of St. Louis but spent the bulk of his life in Texas before retiring to Eureka Springs in 2016. Originally planning on a quiet retirement, Myerscough finds himself busier than ever doing things he loves — playing music, writing and creating large murals for the community.