During the summer season at the Kerrville Olympic Pool,
swimmers share space with families of Barn Swallows, whose
mud nests are left undisturbed by City staff, providing safe
habitat for this native summer resident.
The nest in this outdoor hallway and above the Men’s locker
room entrance is reused each year by the Swallows, who
return to Kerrville every June after wintering in Central and
In the evenings, as pool users exit the facility through the
locker room hallway, nesting Barn Swallows swoop in and out
feeding hungry babies who, by summer’s end, are strong
enough to leave the nest and join the evening hunt for flying
insects. Both male and female Swallows build nests and feed
Swallows feed largely on flies, but will also eat wasps, beetles,
bees, moths, grasshoppers, and other insects. A single
Swallow can consume as many as 850 insects in one day.
Designed and installed by students of Fredericksburg High
School, June 2021:
Emma Stewart Olivia Findley Lexi Sione
Kennedy West Whitney Phillips Journie Valadez
guided by Julie Mangum
Made possible by Big Seed, supporting young creatives
throughout the Kerrville area, with funding from H-E-B.
The earth’s oceans cover seventy-one percent of the
planet. It is estimated that over 700,00 species live in
These powerful ecosystems help regulate our
weather and climate, absorb vast amounts of carbon
dioxide, provide much of the oxygen in atmosphere,
and contribute food to a substantial portion of the
This artistic representation of ocean life reminds us of
the magnificent biodiversity of the natural world, and
of our responsibility to protect and preserve the
natural systems that support us.
Designed and installed by Samantha Bass, Tivy High
School, July 2021, guided by Kristin LaRue.
Made possible by Big Seed, supporting young
creatives throughout the Texas Hill Country, with
funding from H-E-B.
Before the Industrial Revolution, horses were a primary
form of transportation. Populated places were once full
of carriages and wagons, with horses transporting
people and goods across town. As technological
advancements led to the replacement of horses with
automobiles, negative environmental impacts
accumulated. Now, transportation continues to evolve,
as electric vehicles begin to enter the mainstream.
Seven shades of green, highlighted in black and white,
represent new development, new life, and continued
renewal. A waxing moon symbolizes the illuminating
phases of human understanding - blackbirds, the human
phases of advancement including resting and
As the evolution of transportation technology moves
toward renewable and sustainable energy sources,
communities and utilities are incorporating infrastructure
that make these advancements possible. This mural is
dedicated by the artist to the Creator who makes all
things possible, including the ability to use knowledge
for advancement, stewardship, and greater ease of life
Mural designed and installed by Ren Wright-Trapino and students
Notre Dame Catholic School, Kerrville
This project was made possible by Big Seed, supporting young
creatives throughout the Kerrville area, with funding and support
from the Kerrville Public Utility Board
Tennis and art bring joy to both participants and
observers. Just as the swing of the racket pulls you into
the game, the stroke of a brush can draw us into a scene
and carry us into a story, a journey, or a deeper
understanding of our world. Art has a way of captivating
interest and inspiring others to tap into their own
Bright colors can bring light into our lives. Contrasts
between light and dark helps tell a story - sometimes the
story that’s happening between the lines.
Movement is beauty - art is in motion. Within each action
is a power to make us feel something within ourselves,
whether holding a racket or holding a brush. Creativity is
in all of us, if we only find the inspiration to draw it out.
Mural designed and installed by Olivia Findley
Fredericksburg High School, Class of 2022
This project was made possible by the City of Kerrville
Our local streams gather water from precipitation and
from underground aquifers and direct it in ever-growing
progressions toward the Guadalupe River. Here, Quinlan
Creek flows into the Guadalupe about 300 yards to the
south. These waterways are critical habitat for turtles like
the Guadalupe Spiny Softshell and the Red-eared Slider,
for fish like the Blacktail Shiner, and for tadpoles of
numerous frogs and toads.
Local waterways cut through ancient seabeds. Today you
can find fossils of marine mollusks and algae that lived
here in shallow seas in the days of the dinosaurs.
Riparian areas are bedrock qualities of Kerrville’s distinct
natural beauty and local ecosystem. These terrestrial
habitats along streams and rivers form critical food and
shelter sources for many species of birds, amphibians,
insects, and mammals. These are the areas where turtles
nest, ringtails prowl at night, and foxes trot unnoticed
due to their excellent camouflage.
Listen and look for tiny cricket frogs whose calls sound
like marbles clicking together, chattery Carolina wrens
flying around the underbrush, turtles basking on
protruding logs, and owls hiding high in trees. They are
all aspects of a complex food web that relies as much on
nutrients moving from stream to land as it does the other
Mural designed by Mackenzie Wade
Schreiner University Communication Design, Class of 2018
Funded by the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country
Copyright © 2021 Big Seed - All Rights Reserved.
all photos by Samuel Beaver (KFM,POP photos by Dale Leach, Cartewheels photos by Max Walther)
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