The Sun Rises

About the Muralist
Dedication Date: April 7, 2001
Location: Little Church of the Desert

This stunning desert landscape, featuring a colorfully illuminated pre-dawn sky, is a glorious scene depicting a panorama of three stages of sunrise at three historical Easter sunrise services from the 1930s to present in Twentynine Palms, CA. "Our Christian community has come together to celebrate the sunrise on Easter morning since 1935," says resident Lois Carrol. Dust trails from early cars on dirt roads and horseback riders converged on Trig Hill for the first Easter Sunrise Service. In 1938 the Sunrise Service moved to the Twentynine Palms Oasis. The Sunrise pilgrimage later moved to Fortynine Palms Canyon in 1978. The 14-foot by 140-foot sunrise mural was designed and painted by artist Richard Wyatt of Los Angeles, CA. Wyatt also painted the city's William & Elizabeth Campbell Mural (#8) in 1996. The Sun Rises Mural is located on the north facing wall of the historic Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms. Dedicated: April 7, 2001.

This Mural Masterpiece was completed and unveiled on October 25th. If you would like to see the progress of this Mural as it was painted, Click Here.

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