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International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Exhibit

101 West Howard Street, Pontiac, IL 61764

Public Art

This museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history and techniques of outdoor mural and advertising painting.

The painters who created those early signs were given the nickname of "Walldogs."

The displays which are found in the exhibit room tell the history of the early sign painters who created their art on the sides of brick buildings, barns, and other structures. Examples of those early signs can still be seen throughout the Midwest and, though faded, peeling, and sometimes barely readable, these "ghost signs" remain an important part of our collective cultural and commercial history.

The modern "Walldogs" took on that nickname to pay tribute to the muralists of the past. They work to preserve the techniques and artistic aesthetic of those early artists. 


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