PUBLIC ART

Detour

Title: Detour

Artist: Matt Dehaemers

Location: Joplin I-44 Welcome Center (2481 I-44)

Date Completed: 2009

Description: When visitors stop at the Joplin I-44 Welcome Center, they are greeted by more than friendly staff. Detour, a massive, mixed media mural by artist Matt Dehaemers, is one of the first sights tourists see upon entering the building. The mural is painted on license plates, rather than canvas or brick, and features scenes from Joplin’s past, acknowledges its role in Route 66’s history, and showcases area attractions.