Riverwalk of dreams

Artist Laura Pommier began working on the new mural titled “River of Dreams” about three days ago. She has been outlining and filling in large swathes of the mural with special spray paints. The underwater scene opens to portals featuring common scenery and wildlife that can be found near Indiana’s waterways.

Artist Laura Pommier began work on an immersive mural underneath the 3rd Avenue/State Road 162 Bridge along the Jasper Riverwalk over the past weekend.

Pommier’s chosen design covers the walls and ceiling of a section of the underside of the bridge. It will allow strollers an underwater view featuring flora and fauna found around Indiana waterways.

The new mural is funded through a grant from the Indiana Destination Development Corporation with matching contributions from the Dubois County Community Foundation, Heart of Jasper, Visit Dubois County and the Jasper Arts Department.

Pommier noted she is looking forward to the mural becoming a special destination for children when they visit the Riverwalk or the nearby Jasper Lions Club Park.

Pommier has been an artist for much of her life and spent 23 years at the Dubois County Herald before moving to Florida to be near her mother about five years ago. In Florida, she submitted a proposal for a mural and her design was chosen among several that were submitted. Since then, she’s been asked to complete many murals. Along with designing and painting murals, she also teaches art classes.
Though she has scaffolding to work from, much of the work is done in small steps that require Pommier to constantly be hopping down from the heights to survey it from a larger perspective and make adjustments as she goes.
Pommier said she is looking forward to working on the detailed aspects of the mural, like the many animals it portrays, after the background work is completed. She said the mural will likely take about three weeks to complete. Afterward, she will be completing a mural on the new Visitor’s Center location on Third Avenue.