After last week's story about local artist Rene Thomas, also known as "Renrobot", and the murals that she’s created around Big Spring, several residents were surprised to learn that one of the murals, “Cowboy Eagle” is no longer available to display.
"Cowboy Eagle" featured a Bald Eagle wearing a cowboy hat in front of an American Flag while surrounded by stars and cacti. It was originally displayed outside of Bob’s Custom Woodwork, located at 409 E. 3rd St. in Big Spring until it was demolished a few weeks ago.
Bob Noyse, Owner of Bob’s Custom Woodwork, told KBest News that the building was falling apart and the City of Big Spring gave him two options: repair the buildng, or demolish it. Since he couldn't afford the repairs, that portion of the building had to be torn down.
According to Noyse, a portion of the popular “Welcome to Big Spring" mural was also meant to be demolished, but after speaking with the contractor who was tearing down the building Noyse was able to keep the mural intact. He plans to have Thomas create a wraparound mural that extends to the newly exposed portion of his building.
The "Welcome to Big Spring" mural has brought a lot of attention to Bob's shop in the few months that it's been up.
"People are looking at me. I've been here for 20 years and they haven't seen me, and now I have something on the wall and they stop and look! I don't how many people are from out of town, but I know that people go by third and fourth street every single day [and] don't see anything around them except stop lights. It's changed," said Noyse.
Noyse told KBest News that he’s been in the same location for 20 years, and he’s never gotten as much attention as he does now with the mural on his building.