From gnomes in Der Rathskeller to Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox, art has been an integral part of the Wisconsin Union’s Memorial Union since it opened in 1928.
University of Wisconsin-Madison alumna and artist Emily Balsley recently furthered that tradition of immersive art at the Memorial Union with a new mural on a Memorial Union wall. The vibrant painting in the stairwell near Peet’s Coffee depicts some of the adventures the Wisconsin Union offers.
The eye-catching mural includes a Terrace-inspired color scheme; bold, black outlines; and hidden Easter eggs.
“It really is all Union and what the Union means,” Emily said. “There are even some nods to some of the other murals in the build and some of the history.”