Grand Forks native James Rosenquist’s colorful paintings made him a pop art legend alongside Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Many of the late artist’s oversized works take up entire walls, like The North Dakota Mural, which is on display at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo—one of the most unique places to visit in the U.S. for art gurus.
Measuring 13 feet by 24 feet, it commands attention. And it contains imagery you don’t need an art degree to understand: wind turbines and tepee poles float through space in a dreamy night sky, accompanied by the North Dakota state seal, fish and bird.
“This piece was personal for the artist because it was for his home state,” says Andy Maus, Plains Art Museum director and CEO. “When he recalled his time in North Dakota, he thought of space—the panoramic distance around us in our landscape—which is why he chose the cosmic composition that he did.” The mural, valued at $1.2 million, is located in the museum’s atrium.