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Pied Piper

This oil on canvas mural was painted in 1929 by Leone C. Bradbury and depicts the Pied Piper of Hamlin. The dedication plaque for this mural reads:

The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Germany) is depicted in a stained glass window created for the church of Hamelin, which dates to around AD 1300. A piper, dressed in multicolored clothing was hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refused to pay for his services, he retaliated by using his flute’s magical power to lure the children out of the town just as he had done with rats.

“Pied Piper of Hamelin” is one of a set of nine murals painted in 1929 for the newly constructed Ellsworth Elementary School in Denver, Colorado. The entire set is now collectively titled “”Flights of Fancy.” The murals were wheat pasted to the walls of the kindergarten room and black borders were painted onto the wall around the edge of the canvas. The murals were commissioned by the building’s architect as part of construction costs. During that era commissioning art, especially murals, for school buildings in Denver Public Schools District No 1 (DPS) was considered to be an important and standard practice.

In 1995, prior to the building being demolished, all nine murals were removed from the walls, restored, cleaned, backed with canvas, put on stretchers, and framed by Hays Shoop, then a conservator with the Rocky Mountain Conservation Center at Denver University. DPS then hung seven of these murals in their admini

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Category: Mural

Medium type: Oil on Canvas


200 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903


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