Mural at Whole Foods Co-op to come down
With the planned renovation and expansion of the Cook County
Whole Foods Co-op in Grand Marais now taking shape, it has been
determined that the mural created by local schoolchildren on the outside north wall has to
An architect recently inspected the wall the mural is attached to and
determined it couldn’t withstand the re-building and expansion
planned for this fall, said Co-op Executive Director Jennifer Stolz.
“It can’t be saved,” said Stolz, “But pieces of it can be
saved, and they will be used to create a tribute to the adults and
kids who built this mural.”
The co-op board met on Tuesday, June 26, in a meeting room at WTIP
Radio where Stolz gave an update about the mural.
The mural took five years to build and was constructed by Sawtooth
Mountain Elementary fourth graders under the direction of their
teacher Jana Larson and Kelly Dupre, an artist and former teacher who
volunteered to help with the project. Many organizations, individuals
and businesses also contributed a great deal of time, money or
resources to help with this luminous art project.
Just what form salvaged pieces will take and just where they will be
placed in the new building hasn’t been yet determined.