The Old Man and the Lake

Photo: William Hurst

The Old Man and the Lake

Mollie Maxine - June 2021

“When did that happen?” 

Sometimes art happens in the blink of an eye. The Old Man and the Lake by Mollie Maxine is one of those art happenings. 

UM-D Fine Arts graduate Maxine was exploring the Lincoln Park neighborhood when she stumbled upon The Back Alley. She immediately clicked with Owner Jerome Fischer. When he found out Maxine was an artist, he mentioned that he really wanted an art piece on the half pipe that faces Superior Street. “So I just started painting,” said Maxine. 

Over the course of four days, The Old Man and the Lake was created. Applied directly to the surface using acrylics, Maxine not only painted, but also connected with the community.  “I started painting and created great friendships. People came with their lawn chairs and guitars and cold beverages and made music while I worked.” 

Maxine observes how the world has turned inward during the pandemic. The immediacy of creating public art wherever possible is part of making intentional connections with people, especially now. It is her desire to uplift the artistic community and bring attention to this occupation that has been hit hard with art shows and openings closed due to COVID and recognizes an economic sector that often goes unacknowledged.  She notes how lucky we are to have a lot of green space and nature to get lost in throughout Duluth that keeps artists of all kinds inspired. Maxine puts it simply, “It’s a beautiful place”.

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Photo: William Hurst

Mural Location

The Back Alley, 2409 W Superior St (Freestanding – faces Superior Street)