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Mural of Pennies

124 E. Jackson St., Mountain Home, Idaho 83647 USA

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“built one penny at a time”

It took a little over two years and more than 430 pounds of spare change to make it happen, but Randy Miller's vision finally became a reality.On a sunny Saturday afternoon, he put the finishing touches on what he hopes will be a new tourist destination in the city's downtown area that literally took shape one penny at a time. A local artist, Miller transformed a plain, cinder block wall of Kurly's sports bar and grill into a mural composed of spare pocket change. Known as the Penny Wall, it covers the upper half of the roughly 46-by-16 foot alleyway wall. "I'm glad it's done because there's a lot of meaning behind it," Miller said. In addition to having people come out and view this new display, he hopes it'll also encourage folks to stop by the different shops and businesses in this part of town. "If this helps Mountain Home, then I'm all for that," he said. The Penny Wall project started in August 2010 when Miller started collecting the gallons of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters needed to create the Mountain Home-specific artwork. The all-volunteer project remained on hold for a few months as he also stored up enough of the specialized glue needed to keep the coins permanently attached to the mural.

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Reviewed by
ashdog2020

  • 11 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 26, 2017
Rated 4.0

So I did pretty much zero research on this place when I went, so when I got there to discover the entire alley this mural is in is covered in beautiful artwork I was so pleasantly surprised. I ended up walking around and taking pictures of all the murals all up and down the alley. This is a very beautiful place to stop on your trip.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ging101

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great for fun photos and to get out and stretch your legs. Public parking across the street from the mural alley.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mwoodhouse00

  • 12 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
August 07, 2017
Rated 2.0

We like finding interesting things and stories on our road trips and this seemed like a great spot to check out! It was disappointing how people have pulled parts of the mural off the wall! It didn't look as good as the pictures and I don't think we would have stopped if we'd known it wasn't taken care of and had holes and gaps where people have vandalized.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
indy_miami

  • 18 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 03, 2017
Rated 3.0

It is what it is, a mural of pennies. The ally it was in had lots of neat murals though. We happened to stay the night near here for our trip and is the only reason we stopped to look. Wouldn't make a special trip for it.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wendelhh

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 16, 2017
Rated 4.0

My kids loved this alley of art. Not only did it have the Mural of Pennies, but there were other great painted murals as well. Sadly, there has been some vandalism to the penny mural and some disgraceful excuse for a human being removed a huge chunk that had "Idaho" on it. It was still fun to see.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
amorain

  • 6 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 29, 2017
Rated 3.0

It's in an alley filled with art and murals. A bit out of the way from the 84 but Mountain Home was a quaint town.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Janetmommy

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 09, 2016
Rated 4.0

A little bit of artsy in an otherwise normal town. The added murals were a nice surprise as well. Quick stop to take pictures.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
d3j051

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 02, 2014

Very nice. Nice to read the plaque about why he did it. Reminds us to "Just do it". Change the world.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Julie Mattox

  • 34 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
September 17, 2018

According to local news sources, Miller spent over two years planning and painstakingly gluing over 430 pounds of spare change -- mostly pennies -- to create a 300-square-foot mural. He finished on September 15, 2012. A "Wishing Wall" beneath the mural encourages visitors to affix their own pennies. Miller won't say how many pennies he used, but encourages school kids to figure it out.

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Reviewed by
LoraBoo

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 30, 2018
Rated 2.0

Looks like it’s been up awhile and been through some rough weather because it’s falling apart.

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Mural of Pennies

124 E. Jackson St.
Mountain Home, Idaho
83647 USA

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