Norco is now 140 feet more beautiful, as the mural installation on the corner of Apple Street and River Road was completed this month after two years of work.
Last spring a 100-foot mural depicting the people, landmarks and heritage of the community was installed, and this month an accompanying 40-foot piece depicting the downtown area on River Road around the 1940s was hung.
Both murals are the artwork of Hans Geist.
“I just want to thank the Norco Civic Association and the people of Norco for the opportunity … I really consider it an honor to be able to do this,” Geist said. “I love representing history and making history books come alive. Those dusty old history books … some people never learn history until they see something like a mural … hopefully it sparks an interest to learn more about the history of the area.”
Geist said he feels a great sense of accomplishment seeing the murals completed.
“I’ve really enjoyed overall the scope of the project and meeting a lot of people in the community,” he said. “I learned a lot from the people in the community and seeing the appreciation people have is satisfying.”
Geist is also the artist behind the expansive mural depicting 300 years of settlement in St. Charles Parish that hangs on River Road Market in Destrehan.