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Monday, May 10, 2010

Ely: que quam chep**

**in Chippewa [Objibwa] means "land of the berries"
When we visit the Iron Range in northeast Minnesota we stay in Ely where this mural was painted on an old building on a side street. It honors the iron ore miners from the four mines in that area. Taken from the sidewalk across the street, a shadow ironically is cast on the faces of the miners' families. The miner's hat is typically red as is the ore found in this area. Ely, which sits at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Region, has been hard hit by our economic decline; last trip there we found several more empty buildings.
See more red at Mary's meme Ruby Tuesday.

22 comments:

Nora Johnson said...

Great post & great blog. I'll be popping back to have another read through!
Happy RT - and look forward to *seeing* you again next time!
Mine’s HERE!

LOLA:)

EG Wow said...

I like this mural! They seem to be popping up in many towns and I cannot resist photographing them. I guess you can't either! :)

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Excellent wall mural. Thanks for sharing this art.

ilanadavita said...

This is a very impressive mural!

Leora said...

Murals like this one are always striking - capturing people's lives in an artsy way.

Snap said...

Interesting post, Noni. Red ore! I'm a big *building art* fan.

maryt/theteach said...

Love the colorful shot! Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

marcia@joyismygoal said...

Oh my yes what a post the irony is not lost on me

Ralph said...

The Mesabi Range is full of ore and taconite, the miners needed to obtain the necessary metals. Steel and other industries would wither without the ore and miners - the importance of Minnesota mining cannot be understated!

Manang Kim said...

Like to see murals and analyze them. This one is awesome! Happy RT!

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Marites said...

I really like murals and have this habit of taking pictures of them. This one is really nice. have a nice week!

Rinkly Rimes said...

A unique post! I'm quite sure your will be the only miner's helmet!

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Maria said...

Great post for RT:)/Maria

Susan L (lily40au) said...

i love murals and good graffiti (not that grotty tagging which should be banned). i often go walking the streets of my city looking for them.

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Greyscale Territory said...

A most interesting mural! Great to see historical moments captured in murals for all to see!

Ele ^_^ said...

So nice, I really love murales ^^

Dave said...

lovely entry and post, thanks for visiting my page

Auntie E said...

We are going to Minnesota this summer.Love this post.
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Daryl said...

What a neat mural ... and a neat post to accompany it ... I like seeing your world

Marice said...

such a beautiful mural :)

u may view mine here

Patti said...

This is a wonderful mural. I would love to see murals like this painted in communities around here in southern Connecticut.

What a tough job iron ore mining must be..the shadow is rather symbolic.

Lesa said...

Great mural! Some small towns in decline around here are sprucing up with murals too.