NOLANVILLE, TX — The man responsible for the mural on the Belton Dam at Belton Lake is leaving his mark on Central Texas again.
Rudy Calooy Jr. has been an artist his entire life and while he was at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, he got the opportunity of a lifetime.
"I was an art student at Mary Hardin-Baylor and I was presented with a contract from the Army Corps of Engineers, and they were looking for an art student to basically sign their life away and say they would stick around to finish and it took a year and a half to do,” Calooy said.
The lifetime artist has work across Central Texas and will now be adding Nolanville to the list.
Calooy has been working for about a year to design and paint a 120-foot mural detailing the history of Fort Hood.
"It's to show appreciation form the town, in the 50's, there were probably about 60 people in Nolanville and today, the town has about 6,000 people so you have to owe all that progress and growth to the fact that Fort Hood is here,” Calooy said.
The mural is expected to be completed by the end of September and will be installed on 10th street in Nolanville in the weeks to follow.
Anyone who wants to see the mural can park at the City of Nolanville Community Center and walk over to see it. It will be placed about 30 feet off the road.
Rudy is also responsible for a 200-foot mural in Killeen City Park. The painting includes 8 portraits of dogs and paw prints honoring the cities dog park.