ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — There is a new mural in Downtown Anchorage that was inspired by the classic “Greetings From” postcards.
(Courtesy Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs)
The artists, Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs, have been travelling throughout the U.S. in an RV for the last three years with the goal of creating a mural in each state. The Greetings From Alaska mural is one of 30 the two have created during their travels.
The couple has been in Alaska for the last month, exploring Fairbanks to Denali and Anchorage, and will leave Anchorage after completing the mural to visit Southeast Alaska. Each letter was inspired by a different Alaskan symbol, from the brown bears at Katmai National Park to the bush planes inspired by this week’s Arctic Thunder Air Show.
Ving said Denali is featured as well because, “We actually just got engaged in Denali.”
“With all the murals we paint, obviously it’s the name of the city or state in this case," Ving said. "The content within each of the letters relates to where we’re painting, so the history, the different landmarks and really involving the community in the content that we paint.”
Ving paints the murals based on photographs that Beggs takes. While the two originally planned to paint a mural in Juneau, the wall the two planned on using as their canvas in the city fell through. Beggs and Ving stumbled across the Downtown Anchorage Partnership and were able to find a wall for the mural in Anchorage.
“In Alaska we got really lucky because you guys were doing that city festival downtown, and we saw the Downtown Anchorage Partnership and we just walked up to them and they were immediately on board, and we were so lucky to find them,” Beggs said.
Their mural is on an exterior wall of the Alaska Travel Industry Associations office building at 610 E. 5th Avenue.
In a press release, Anchorage Downtown Partnership Executive Director Jamie Boring said, “We are very excited about the Greetings Tour Group coming to do an iconic art mural in downtown to activate a space with beautiful art. Hopefully this will encourage other property owners in the area to do the same.”
Beggs said their next mural will be in Louisville, Kentucky.
Channel 2 intern Cheyenne Mathews contributed to this report.