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A Rapid City organization that promotes economic development has commissioned a local artist to paint a two-story mural depicting the Badlands on a downtown theatre.

Destination Rapid City says artist Aaron Pearcy will paint the mural on the Elks Theatre building over the next three weeks. The 960-square foot mural will sit above Botticelli Ristorante and will overlook the Badlands Tapestry Garden of The Sculpture Project at Main Street Square, which inspired its design.

Pearcy also painted the fire men mural on the patio wall of the Firehouse Brewing Company.

The work is being funded through the Bush Prize for Community Innovation, which Destination Rapid City received in 2014.

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