The Moth Mural

Title: The Moth Mural

Artist(s): TANK: Public Art

Location: Joplin Printing Company (2022 West 2nd Street)

Date Completed: North-Facing Panel, October 2014; West-Facing Panel, spring of 2015.

Description: Commissioned by Joplin Printing Company and painted by The TANK: Public Art, The Moth Mural pays homage to the power of language, communication, and the written word. The first mural, which runs parallel with 2nd Street, represents the mechanics of the printing press, with black and red wires representing the positive and negative impacts of the words produced. Just around the corner, the same wires converge, ending at a lightbulb powered by words. The moth depicted symbolizes all that are drawn toward the light created by language.