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Title: "The Need To Succeed, Circa 1912"   Dimensions: 79'W x 8'H   Medium: Acrylic on drywall


Filled with true-life subjects from the pre-WWI era, this mural depicts life at a turning point in technology and culture in America. The focus is on an imaginary race, based in part on actual events. The inspiration for this mural was a painting by Harley-Davidson artist David Uhl, called "The Need for Speed."


Above, a wide-angle lens captures a 36' long section of the 79' linear feet that was painted in the entertainment room.

 

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The Pennsylvania residence which is the location for the mural installation called, "The Need To Succeed, Circa 1912." (The mural is located on the lower level with French doors opening to the east lawn and patio.)


 

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The entrance to the entertainment room from the East Patio.


 

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The long view of the room upon entering.


 

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The main subject of the mural is the 36' long wall to the left.

 

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The "wood paneling and stone" are faux painted onto drywall.


 

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A typical 1912 Airshow with "free balloons" and "modern airships."


 

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A closeup of spectators.


 

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The bicycle was intentionally added to the composition as a nod to the precursor of the motorcycle.


 

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The title of the mural and the artist's signature/date was subtly added to the smaller free balloon.


 

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An early pioneer in aviation, Roy Knabenshue captivated huge audiences with his aerial feats. This airship was controlled by the operator running forward and backward to ascend or descend.

 

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"Give me the beat boys, and free my soul, I wanna get lost in your Rock 'n Roll and drift away."

....It's all Rock 'n Roll, Man!


 

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The left side of the mural showing some early race cars.


 

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These early race cars carried a driver and his technician.


 

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Typically unlucky green thirteen has to eat some dust.


 

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The client chose number 53 for this car as it reminded him of one of his own first race cars.


 

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The center of the mural where the race starts to get tight.

 

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Lincoln Beachey was an early stunt pilot who actually raced a car in a celebrated race in 1914. This was the subject of the inspiration painting called "The Need For Speed" by authorized Harley-Davidson artist David Uhl.

 

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The mural serves as a backdrop for the client's rare Shelby Cobra.


 

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The excitement explodes in a cloud of dust as the traditional modes of transportation meet the emerging technologies in a competition never witnessed before or since.

 

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Bob Perry was one of the great early test drivers of motorcycles, which often had no brakes. He pushed the machines to their limits of the day. Tragically, he paid the price at a very young age, as did so many of these brave heroes. His story is now legendary.


 

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Another legendary and colorful character was that of Samuel Franklin Cody. Often confused with Buffalo Bill, he was no less fascinating in his day as a showman and stuntman.

 

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S.F. Cody takes on the "iron horse" with the real thing.


 

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A rendition of the Lehighton, PA, train station as it looked back in 1910.


 

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The Harley is in hot pursuit of the Peugeot which has a seemingly comfortable lead...for the moment.

 

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Manned flight begins as a fanciful pleasure craft to entertain the crowds, but it will soon prove to be a powerful and deadly force to be reckoned with in WWI.


 

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By land, by air, and even by water, the need to succeed with greater speed is all the rage of the day.

 

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Mom keeps a close eye on the little ones.

 

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This speedy but smaller passenger liner is a mere shadow of her distant relative, the RMS Titanic, which met her demise in 1912.

 

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The older folks are stunned and the young ones are inspired. Even ice cream at a nearby refreshment stand can't distract them from the excitement of the race.

 

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Reflecting the early beginnings of today's take-out window, roadside stands began popping up as a direct result of the advances in the automobile.

 

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No one is really sure of the precise origin of the sundae, but there are many stories and claims to be the first around the beginning of the 20th century. Ice cream or a root beer soda cost about 10 cents in 1912.

 

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This faux chalk board pays homage to the client's country home, "Blocker Farm."

 

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The turns in the wall present quite a challenge for the artist as the window glass requires reflection of the imaginary scenery.

 

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Notice how the trompe l'oeil effect (three-dimensional look) fools your eye into thinking that the ice cream sign is actually recessed into the wall.

 

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Most guests don't even realize upon entering the room that the faux bois (fake wood) barnboard paneling is not real.

 

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This faux screen door with its "brass handle" and "open sign" fools quite a few visitors...especially when the client tells them that the artist actually painted a "closed" sign ON THE BACK OF the "open" sign.

 

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Entrepreneurs quickly saw the value in setting up roadside stands for hungry travelers in their Model T Fords, which were also hungry for gasoline.

 

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The advertising signs in 1912 were often printed on tin and nailed to the walls. (By the way, the floor is part of the painted mural, just so you know.)

 

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The faux stone floor appears to continue back into the wall underneath the Model T Ford.

 

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Early filling stations required the operator to pump gasoline into the glass tank on top by way of a handle on the back, and then release the required amount into the car's tank by way of gravity, thereby allowing the quantity used to be measured exactly. (Oh, and by the way, the stone wall to the right isn't real either.)

 

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A distant view of the right side of the mural when descending the stairs from the inside of the home.

 

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