Local artist-cyclist begins new downtown mural in honor of Ironman World Championship – St George News

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ST. George — A Local artists and professional cyclists who have represented the United States in both national and world championshipsAn Iron Man-style mural in downtown St. George.

TJ Eisenhart talks about new downtown murals, March 23, 2022, St. George, Utah | Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News

TJ Eisenhart stood on a cobbled street in downtown St. George on Tuesday, using the sides of the building as a large canvas for his latest work of art. At the Ironman 70.3 World Championship for the first time in St. George, Eisenhart is creating murals that represent both the event and the athlete.

“I’m doing this at the Ironman Championship because it can relate to me,” Eisenhart told St. George News. “All these athletes have to struggle with sacrifices to be at their best. I was there. I went to the world championships and did it all, so I’m involved can do.”

Eisenhart said he would spray paint the background of the mural, discuss the overall concept, and draw runners, cyclists, and swimmers who represented the complete triathlon.

“Sure, we have a very beautiful community and the most beautiful areas in the world,” he said. “People ask me some of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in my racing career. It’s straightforward, simple, and southern Utah.”

TJ Eisenhart is working on a mural next to a truck bearing his Imaginary Collective logo on March 23, 2022 in St. George, Utah. Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News
TJ Eisenhart is working on a mural next to a truck bearing his Imaginary Collective logo on March 23, 2022 in St. George, Utah. Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News

Eisenhart said the mural is expected to be completed by May 1, the start date of Iron Man Week. He encouraged anyone interested in murals to come and see the murals being created at any time.

About the artist

Eisenhart grew up in Lehi. He told St. George News about his childhood and achievements, saying his parents recognized his cycling potential and supported his dream at the young age of eight. Living in Europe to race.

“I don’t think many parents are like that. There you can see the possibility that your child will be eight years old, believe them, if not young, and in that dream. You can plan for the fastest way to get there, “said Eisenhart.

He entered the first US Championship at the age of 12 and won a silver medal in a time trial. He started racing in Europe at the age of 16 for the American national team. Eisenhart graduated from high school a year early and moved to Europe, where he signed his first professional contract with the BMC Devo team. He also won the USA TT National Championships and represented the United States in two world championships.

Eisenhart has been a creator of art throughout his life, but he said he felt a true artist appear in him when he began taking beginner art classes at Dixie State University. These were beginner classes, so he was able to start anew in a creative environment without ego.

“In this state I love, I can do a lot in my cycling career, take on other passions of art, and allow my city and community to appreciate and contribute to it. Is really exciting. Eisenhart talked about the opportunity for mural painting.

The new mural is on 61N Main Street and is open to the public.

Click on the photo to enlarge it and use the left and right arrow keys to cycle through the gallery.

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