Storybook Castle Mural at Morgantown Public Library
Located within the Morgantown Public Library, this ceramic mural was created by artist Josephine Mather Aull in 1965. It was commissioned by the Service League of Morgantown, a nonprofit that supports local charities. The mural depicts fanciful characters from timeless children's books.
Backstory and Context
The Service League of Morgantown commissioned local artist Josephine Mather Aull to design and create this mural using proceeds from its annual used book sales. The mural is located in the children's section of the Morgantown Public Library. The artist was a member of the WVU art faculty for 20 years.
The mural consists of ceramic pieces placed in mosaic fashion and mounted on a plywood base mounting that is 12 feet long and 5 feet tall.
The artist's process involved making drawings of the castle and figures including the prince and princess, king’s guards, Alice in Wonderland, Christopher Robin and other favorite fairy-tale characters, then shaping them into clay. Some pieces include gold and platinum. After the figures were completed and attached to the base, imported glass were used to add sparkle.
Service League owns and operates the historic Old Stone House Gift Shop at 313 Chestnut St.
Celebrating People in Action. Morgantown Public Library. April 12, 2010. Accessed September 14, 2018. http://morgantown.lib.wv.us/News_Archive.html.