Elvis and the Hummingbird

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I recently saw this fading and disintegrating mural featuring a Las Vegas-era Elvis at the Riverfront Park in Rensselaer, NY, and then noticed the small mixed-media hummingbird piece to the left of his hand (the hand holding the microphone near the top) … do you see it? I’m not sure what the significance of Elvis and a hummingbird might be, although I might guess they were done at two different times by two different artists. At any rate, I love the look of this mural and how it’s falling apart on this cracked and rust-stained concrete pillar holding up the highway exit ramp overhead. Scroll down for some details and comparison views.

street art mural showing a Vegas-era Elvis Presley in Rensselaer, NY

Here’s a look at Elvis, with a photograph from his Las Vegas days, which ran from 1969 to 1976.

comparison between Elvis mural and Elvis photograph from Las Vegas

And here’s a closer look at the mixed-media hummingbird piece, alongside a photograph of a real hummingbird.

mixed media hummingbird street art next to photo of real hummingbird

There’s a huge collection of murals of all kinds and sizes at the Riverfront Park in Rensselaer … if you’re in the area, make sure to check it out!

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