Macalester graduate Carly Schmitt painted the “Victory Garden” mural on the side of Schroeder’s Bar & Grill in St. Paul’s North End neighborhood in 2006.
“Public art is truly just that, open to the public; and so I like to create images that have the ability to interest, impact and speak directly to ‘the masses,’” Schmitt says. After drawing the audience in, she likes to “enrich the work with a whole bunch of interesting details and visual metaphors.”
The title “Victory Garden” refers to the World War II gardens and a work by artist Maurice Carlton who created a garden at a dangerous St. Paul intersection in the 1970s. The mural also reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the neighborhood and includes several St. Paul landmarks like the capitol building and the Como Park Conservatory.