Metamorphosis, Friends of Deckers Creek Mural
Founding Arts in the Park Director and Artist Debora Palmer designed this mural on the back of the Kroger in Sabraton. It is located next to the Friends of Deckers Creek Outdoor Learning Park and along the Deckers Creek Rail Trail. The mural is accessible by walking on the Rail Trail; or, you can park in the back lefthand corner of the Kroger parking lot and follow the trail behind the building.
Backstory and Context
Friends of Deckers Creek, a nonprofit organization based in Morgantown, is dedicated to restoring its namesake waterway to healthy conditions. In addition to remediation and education programs, Friends of Deckers Creek also uses art to spread its message. In 2002, Debora Palmer worked with children during BOPARC's summer Arts in the Park program to design the mural, along with the assistance of Amanda Pitzer. While other works, like the mural under the Don Knotts Boulevard bridge and the All Hands on Deckers mural, show how the organization is coming together to save the stream, the Metamorphosis mural is an abstract take on the changes that have occurred and the work that still needs to be done. The orange color resembles the abandoned mine drainage, the harmful impact reflected within the wooden mosaic sculptures. The blue section depicts the freedom and beauty allowed when water is cleaned up, animals can fly free. The figures of children are shown morphing into butterflies.
Palmer, Deborah. Founding Director and Artist, Arts in the Park. Phone conversation, July 30, 2018.