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Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 9:41 am •  Published: March 10, 2014
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Bob Palmer, one of three artists on hand who demonstrated his art, said he is anxious to see how the museum develops.

"I think it's quite unique. And I think for me, I feel inspired and it's long overdue. It's just another way to appreciate this art form," said Palmer, who has been creating murals for 30 years.

Palmer, who has created about 1,600 pieces across the state, including in Oklahoma City's Bricktown and at the State Capitol, said there are fewer and fewer muralists around, and he's hoping the museum would attract people wanting to learn more about the art form.

U.S. 66 was a major east-west route — winding from Chicago to LA, as the song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" goes — until being bypassed by interstate highways in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Many states have sought to preserve old portions of the highway to allow motorists take a trip down Memory Lane. Most of the old route through Oklahoma is preserved and well-marked, but old advertising is long gone.

While there is still a lot of interest in the creation of murals, Palmer, who used to teach mural painting at a local university, said young people aren't as interested in learning how do it themselves because of the hard work involved in creating the large-scale pieces.

"I get people just wanting to watch, to observe, just whole classes," he said.

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