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Completion of the San Diego Murals

On Sunday evening, September 30, 2007 I completed and signed the last of my twelve murals for the Fossil Mysteries exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum. I have been working on this project for the last two and a half years.

The final three of my murals will be installed at the museum on October 8. There will be a press conference at the museum on October 26. I will be present for both events.

I am extremely proud to have these huge works (the biggest paintings I’ve ever done, the largest being 14 ft. x 34 ft.) permanently installed at the museum. Hopefully, they will serve to inspire future artists and paleontologists the way that the murals of Charles R. Knight, William R. Leigh and Rudolph Zallinger have inspired me and so many of my friends in the paleontological community.

If you get down to San Diego and see the murals I’ll be interested in your feedback. I have already begun work on a book that will include all of my prehistoric life murals (for San Diego, Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Houston Museum of Natural Science) and the process I used to create them. This book will debut at Comic-Con International in July. John Fleskes is the publisher; my friend Ray Harryhausen has written a wonderful introduction to the book.

7 thoughts on “Completion of the San Diego Murals

  1. Ooohh, that book cannot come soon enough ! 🙂 So glad it wil be published by Fleskes, they have such a high standard of production that I’m sure it will be gorgeous. Congratulations on finishing this major project.

  2. Bill, congratulations on this accomplishment. I have seen in person the tremendous effort and awesome technical requirements to get these murals from your initial design to the walls of the museum and can only gape in wonder that you were able to do the work so well and so quickly despite the curve thrown your way in the middle of the process. It was great seeing you in Atlanta defending your Iron artist crown and I can’t wait to hit SD next summer to buy the book and see the last few murals. Now you just need to mount an exhibit of the quarter size pieces to go on the road so they can be seen more widely!!

  3. Having seen the first murals, I’m eager to get out to SD and gawk at the rest! What a feat. If I can angle a rip to Comic-con, I’ll be standing in line for my copy of that book.

  4. I’m excited to think that we can add the name Stout to Zallinger and Knight for creating the great dinosaur murals. This is art for the ages.

  5. What can I say? I ‘d love to hop on a jet today to see these. That won’t be happening but hopefully next xsuumer I can go out there to see them, the murals, that is. At least they and the others will be collected in the volume the John Flesk is publishing. I have every title he’s released so far. This one will be a true gem and in great company.


  6. boy howdy! a Bill’s dozen nearly three years in the making… sounds Hollywood-epic-ish, does it not? (rather fitting.) and in the face of medical adversity as well. well done, Stouthearted one! your massive feat(s) and forthcoming book (Harryhausen too?!) may well tempt me south to San Diego again for the first time in decades. all best, ed

  7. The Creatceous mural gives me goose bumps when I round the corner and first catch a glimpse of it. The dinosaurs stand out, the sheer mountains and lightened sky are so dramatic, and the small mammals in the right corner are much appreciated. It tells our fossil story so well. Thank you, thank you for your powerful paintings in the Fossil Mysteries exhibit. May they last for centuries!

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