PDD Quiz: Murals of Superior

Test your art smarts with this quiz, which explores the murals of Superior. Murals in Duluth were explored in an earlier quiz, which can be found here.

The next PDD quiz, reviewing headlines from January 2019, will be published on Jan. 27. Please email question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Jan. 24.

#1 This mural was formerly housed in the pediatric wing of the Superior Memorial Hospital. Where can it be found now?

This is one of two nursery rhyme-themed murals by Tony Yaworski that now hang in the meeting room of the Superior Public Library. The murals were commissioned by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 1967 and had been in storage at Essentia-St. Mary’s for 30 years.

#2 This Brian Olson mural can be found on the back of which building?

The Palace Theatre was torn down in 2006; read more about it and see a video tour from 2002 here.

#3 The Spirit Room murals were created by Erik Pearson, who is also known by this alias.

Pearson’s work is featured inside the restaurant as well.

#4 This mural, on the back door of Wine Beginnings, is the work of Tom Napoli. Which Duluth business features Napoli’s work?

Wine Beginnings is located at 1413 Tower Ave.

#5 This sweet mural adorns the wall of which business?

Sweeden Sweets is located at 601 Tower Ave.

#6 Which Superior bar features this mural?

The Old Town Bar & Restaurant is currently closed.

#7 This mural appears on the back door of which organization?

The mural was painted as part of the Back Door Project in 2012.

#8 Another Dr. Thunder mural graces the back door of this Tower Avenue business.

A Dozen Excuses Donuts & More is located at 1112 Tower Ave.

#9 Which artist helmed this community mural?

The mural, located at 1315 Banks Ave., was completed in 2013 and incorporated artistic contributions from an estimated 600 community members.

#10 Which local artist created the mural for Earth Rider Brewery?

Napoli also painted a mural on the adjacent Cedar Lounge, Earth Rider Brewery’s taproom.


1 Comment

Tom Bogan

about 4 years ago

What a surprise to see the twin ports murals here. I'm Thomas Bogan and I painted the mural on Jerry's Old Town Bar & Grill in Superior's East End on Second Street in 1987 or thereabouts. Jerry Kruger (owner) had only one concern: How long will it last? I told him I could make it "last forever."  Of course he didn't believe me -- all paint fades away with exposure to the sun and elements. So I gave it three coats of clear Imron (commercial airliner paint) and to my knowledge it is there yet today.

Thanks for being a historian,
Thomas Bogan
Las Vegas, NV

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