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Joshua Tree National Park, California
Painting by Corey Ench, 2004
Photographed by Jerry Kendrick of Birmingham, Alabama
"Spirit of the Desert"
Jerry Kendrick

This mural on the wall next to the entrance of the Joshua Tree National Park and Visitor's Center in Twentynine Palms, California captures the desert light better than just about every mural we've seen. Painted in acrylics, it's 24 feet long by 6 feet tall. Commissioned to honor Minerva Hamilton Hoyt, who led the effort to get Joshua Tree protected as a national monument, the mural was unveiled on the tenth anniversary of the California Desert Preservation Act. The legislation was instrumental in the eventual establishment of Joshua Tree as a national park.

"Spirit of the Desert" detail
Jerry Kendrick

Corey Ench's Web site has more photos and details of this work that showcase his talent for capturing light. While there is no direct link to "Spirit of the Desert," following this path will allow you to see some of Ench's other gorgeous work along the way:> left-hand globe that reads "Artwork of Corey Ench"> "Murals" link in the left hand column> top, middle thumbnail of "Public Murals".

Be prepared to be stunned by the photos!

More background about Ench.

Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597

Photographed by Jerry Kendrick, June, 2006
Posted on RoadTrip America 5/08

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