LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -- Community artist Robert Mini hopes to leave his mark on the mural set to cover the Pump House exterior this summer.
On Wednesday, Mini left for California to apprentice with the mural's creator, John Pugh. Mini will spend the next few weeks working with Pugh to capture La Crosse through the trompe l'oeil style.
A La Crosse native, and Central High School graduate, Mini calls the opportunity priceless.
"I really admire John Pugh's work," said Mini. "Being able to go out there--a bucket list item that I can basically check off. So, I'm really looking forward to working with him, forming a relationship with him and really getting the inside look at what it takes to be an artist like him."
Mini also expects to have some say on what's included in the painting.
He said, "What [Pugh] hasn't already put in there, I would definitely try to slide under the door. He seems very open-minded and open to suggestions. I'd imagine he'd allow me to put my signature in there."
Mini expects to use what he learns from Pugh to create his own similar works around La Crosse.
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