Posted September 10th, 2008 by Matt
Filed under: Football

Mike Sullivan's new mural at DKR

Mike Sullivan's new mural at DKR

Next time you catch a game at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, make sure to make your way to the newly renovated north end and check out the new 13′ x 12′ mural done by renowned sports artist Mike Sullivan.

I must say I am pretty impressed with Mike Sullivan’s work. I think I might have to pick up a print of this once it is available.

Update: Tentatively postponed until Sept. 26th due to Hurricane Ike.

Check out the details below:

UT Head Coach Mack Brown to Dedicate Permanent Fixture At Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Friday, Sept. 12

AUSTIN, TX – Highly-regarded sports artist Mike Sullivan, known for his unique chiseled style featuring bright, contrasting colors on a black background, will dedicate a 13′ x 12′ mural honoring the history and achievements of The University of Texas football program on Friday, September 12, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the legendary Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. (Photo of mural on page 2)

A short presentation will begin at 2 p.m. Central. Hosted by Bill Little, the event will include a short speech by Sullivan before Texas head coach Mack Brown dedicates the mural in front of fans, alumni, university officials and former Longhorns players.

The painting pays tribute to the winning-tradition and success of The University of Texas football program, a program which, in its storied past has:

  • Won four National Championships
  • Been led by two Heisman Trophy winners
  • Had three players selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft
  • Had 16 Longhorns players and coaches inducted into the Collegiate Football Hall of Fame

Featuring the national championship trophy, the Longhorns’ mascot Bevo, a hard-charging Texas running back, and members of the UT Spirit Squads running with flags, all against the backdrop of the orange-lit UT Tower, the mural captures these achievements and the passionate support Longhorns fans have given the program for more than a century.

“Texas football has such a rich history of on- and off-field success, outstanding student-athletes, legendary coaches and a winning strength that inspired me to pay tribute to the program,” said Sullivan. “It is truly an honor for me to have this mural at The University of Texas. I hope the mural will serve as a tribute to Longhorns past, present and future.”

This is the third in a large-scale series of permanent murals Sullivan is installing in professional stadiums and on college campuses across the country. His first, a tribute to Arizona State legend and American war hero Pat Tillman, is showcased at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ. Earlier this year, Sullivan garnered attention for his mural “Tradition,” installed at the Los Angeles Coliseum, home of the University of Southern California Trojans.

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