St. Paul artist follows through on dream with mural depicting history of WestRock paper mill

If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, St. Paul artist Erik Pearson has taken that phrase to heart with his latest work.

‘I’ve done over two dozen murals, paintings, sculptures, a little bit of everything,’ he says. ‘And then I would see that wall, and I would just think, ‘I need to paint that.”

That wall is a 200-foot-long concrete slab outside the WestRock paper mill along Vandalia Avenue. For as long as anyone can remember, it’s been a blank canvas. Until now.

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