From atop a construction boom lift, artist Rafael Blanco was hard at work painting downtown Frederick’s latest public mural last week when a voice from below exclaimed, “that’s Lester Bowie!”

For days onlookers watched as Blanco toiled away, meticulously adding detail to the facade of a three-story building overlooking Carroll Creek at 69 S. Market St. But that was the first time someone identified the man in the image.

Lester Bowie Mural

A mural of Frederick-born jazz innovator Lester Bowie adorns the prominently positioned facade of a building along Carroll Creek on South Market Street in Frederick. In three years another muralist will be given the opportunity to replace the public work of art, with the spot rotating art indefinitely, thanks to funding from the Ausherman Family Foundation.

Lester Bowie Mural

The mural of Frederick-born jazz innovator Lester Bowie, painted by Aurora, Illinois-based artist Rafael Blanco looks out over Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick.

Lester Bowie Mural

A detailed look at part of the mural.

Lester Bowie Mural

Artist Rafael Blanco works to paint a mural depicting Frederick-born jazz innovator Lester Bowie on a building on South Market Street in Frederick.

Lester Bowie Mural

Artist Rafael Blanco raises a boom lift to access a section of a wall for his mural of Frederick-born jazz innovator Lester Bowie on a building on South Market Street in Frederick.

Lester Bowie Mural

Rafael Blanco is photographed by his wife, Yascara Romero Tuesday morning in front of his completed mural, which overlooks Carroll Creek and South Market Street in Frederick.

Lester Bowie Mural

Artist Rafael Blanco holds his 3-year-old son Teo Lopez de San Roman Tuesday morning as he shows his completed mural to his step-daughter Aylen Renteria and wife Yascara Romero, shown at far right. Teo, Blanco said, was disappointed the mural didn’t include trains.

Lester Bowie Mural

Artist Rafael Blanco stands atop a boom lift as he works to paint a mural depicting Frederick-born jazz innovator Lester Bowie on a building on South Market Street in Frederick.

(2) comments

Fredginrickey

Stunning, what a perfect homage to a legendary musician.

Piedmontgardener

Exquisitely rendered and a great write up, thanks so much for all of the biographical information, including the interview with Mr. Bowie. Cheers for the art, the artist and the Auscherman Foundation, this is a wonderful addition to Frederick.

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