• Zoë Haddad

Remembering Davis Rhorer, "Thanks for the Mural Memories"

Updated: Mar 19



There is no denying the deep void felt across the city of Baton Rouge following the passing of Davis Rhorer. Davis was an instrumental partner to the Walls organization from Day One, beginning with the launch of the BR Walls Project Kickstarter Campaign at a monthly Downtown Development District meeting in 2012. Davis served as a member of the inaugural artist selection jury that met in City Plaza II to review hundreds of artist submissions from across the country. By June, the first brushstroke of paint hit the wall of the McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton law firm on Florida Blvd, and the rest is mural history. 


Headquartered in the heart of Downtown for nearly a decade now, The Walls Project has created countless murals and building installations across the Downtown landscape. The culturally rich outdoor experience we have helped curate would not have been possible without the support of Gabe, Casey, Whitney, Mary, and, of course, Davis.


"Davis, I will miss seeing you on morning walks along the levee or sitting down together for impromptu meetings at one of the many coffee shops you helped bring to Downtown. Your support and creative placemaking guidance were instrumental to the success of the Walls. Your smile stretched as far and wide as your impact on the community. Your legacy of service will not only be remembered but carried forward by the next generation of visionary leaders. Rest in peace and power, sir.”

Casey Phillips (Executive Director)

Picture by Philip Gould of Walls Project #10 ‘Blues Harp’ unveiling by artist Robert Dafford sponsored by Raising Cane’s and the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino

Picture by Sean Richardson of Walls Mural #23 ‘On The Shoulders of Giants' by artist Eduardo Mendieta sponsored by Solutions Through Science & the Mentorship Academy

Mural #1: Cinq Ombres by artist Saliha Staib and Clark Derbes : Photo by Allie Appel
Mural #2: Harrington Cafe by artist Joseph Konert : Photo by Allie Appel
Mural #3: BREC Convention St. Park by T.J Black & Alex Harvie, sponsored by Lynne & Jeff Pisto : Photo by Allie Appel
Mural #4: Morning Glories by Anne Boudreau, sponsored by Lamar Outdoor Advertising : Photo by Allie Appel
Mural #5: Bubbles by Maggie Kleinpeter, sponsored by Lamar Outdoor Advertising Photo by Allie Appel
Mural #121: ‘Planting Seeds for Economic Equality,’ by Ellen Ogden, sponsored by MAPP Construction, Success Labs, SSA Consulting

Mural #41 by Marc Fresh, sponsored by City of Baton Rouge : Photo by Mark Bienvenu

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