Two stories of paint: The man behind downtown's massive mural

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The next time you're headed west through downtown, you're sure to notice some bright new colors spread across the large walls found near the corner of Carey Ave. and W. Lincolnway. ​Tyler Scott is the artist behind the mural found just above Marv's Place. Born in Chugwater, Scott moved to Cheyenne 15 years ago and fell in love with the art community. "When I first moved to Cheyenne, I wasn't really into the art scene. But in the past few years I kind of opened up and started to meet a lot of the other local artists, it's been really great." When asked what inspired him for the new art piece, Scott said it was when the owner of Ernie November let him create a painting in the alley behind his store. ​When complete, the mural will predominately show a Native American blowing wind across the valley, with a train coming up out of the valley, a herd of buffalo up on the mountains in the distance, all surrounded by Wyoming nature. "I took my artistic roots and what I know about our history in the state, and just kind of mixed it all together into a collage." Scott says he's primarily a jewelry artist, which includes fully fabricating gold and silver, but has a strong love for this type of art. "The painting is something I did a lot when I was younger, and it just kind of stuck with me as a hobby." The walls - located two stories high - means climbing ladders to get the painting done, which he said was one of his least favorite parts of the gig. "To get really high spots with rollers, it's a really old graffiti trick to tape a few different extension rods together to get up two stories high." Scott was out at 10 p.m. last night painting, before the rain and lighting forced him to call it a night. "It's a huge honor being chosen as the artist for this wall," Scott said. "It's one of the most prominent walls in downtown, and to have my art on it is probably one of the biggest things to happen to me." "My hope is for people to see this and leave with a good memory of downtown, to have something to tell their family when they go home. And I hope that we can get more stuff like this in Cheyenne, and keep our art going in the community." ​​*All photos: (Pitchengine Communities)* #shortgo #news #whatshappening