Texas Christian University (TCU), situated in Fort Worth, TX, commemorated its 150th anniversary by collaborating with Overall Murals, to hand paint two permanent high-impact wallscapes in Fort Worth to honor TCU's rich legacy and status as a leading Texas institution. Two school alumni designed the murals, each encapsulating facets of TCU's heritage and vibrant community.
Artist Trevor Scott, a TCU graphic design alumnus, designed the monumental 96-foot tall and 90-foot wide mural that towers above Fort Worth’s downtown area. This design showcased iconic TCU landmarks like Frog Fountain and SuperFrog alongside Fort Worth's landmarks, including Bass Performance Hall and the city’s skyline. Its longevity, planned for at least five years, ensures a lasting tribute to TCU's legacy.
Natalie Neale, another TCU graduate, designed a colorful mural that pays homage to a cherished tradition dating back to 1986 – TCU's annual tulip planting. Composed of a rainbow of tulip petals, this mural invites engagement, encouraging passersby to interact and pose in front of it, fostering a sense of community and connection. This wall, in particular, was especially challenging due to the artwork's rocky surface and soft blend of gradients. It was, as the painters called it, “a brush killer.”
These vibrant murals serve as captivating art pieces and embody the essence of the university. Fort Worth, brimming with school pride, is notably influenced by TCU, which is evident in the pervasive display of the university's distinctive purple hue throughout the city. The collaboration between TCU and Overall Murals not only underscores the artistic brilliance of these installations but also highlights their strategic role as powerful recruitment tools. By showcasing TCU's excellence, these murals play a pivotal role in instilling pride among students, faculty, and alumni during city visits.