Sarasota, FL-- Measuring 22 by 42 feet, the Mural, "The Greatest Show on Earth" captures many of the Circus's greatest personalities from the Feld stewardship of Ringling Bros., ranging from aerialists and clowns to high-wire artists.
The Ringling Museum will unveil the Mural to the public Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Here are some comments from those connected to the Museum and Mural:
"The Feld Family's gift of this spectacular mural by William Woodward is a significant addition to our collections on the modern circus," said Steven High, Executive Director, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
"Seeing the Mural, 'The Greatest Show on Earth', will be the first experience our visitors have as they enter the Circus Museum's Tibbals Learning Center. It will be a stirring prelude to the rich story we tell of the history of the American circus and its cultural impact on society."
"'The Greatest Show on Earth' impressed and inspired visitors to our company's headquarters for more than 20 years. Since Feld Entertainment is moving our global operations to a new site in Ellenton, Florida, not far from the Ringling Museum, we thought it fitting that the legacy of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® shown in the mural belonged in the Ringling Museum," said Kenneth Feld.
"The Feld Family is thrilled that public audiences will now be able to enjoy this work, which truly captures the magic, drama, and excitement that can only be found at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey."