Welcome to Space City, USA (shrimp shack mural, Titusville, FL)


I'm with space journalist friends in Florida today, preparing for the final launch of the Space Shuttle, scheduled for this Friday. We ate at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville last night, a local spot famous for rock shrimp. It is legit Southern: cheese grits are a side dish choice, and hush puppies arrive at your table hot, covered in powdered sugar.

The food was excellent, but the massive space/nature-themed murals covering the building were the best part of the evening. The artist is Al Rao, and he has a Flickr stream here with better photographs of his spectacular artwork.

I apologize for the quality of this snapshot, it was dusk, all I had was my iPhone, and the light was low. Here are some detail shots I found elsewhere of the mural, and of Mr. Rao in the process of painting it. He looks like a happy guy, and his art really reflects this.

[photo link on Xeni's Flickr stream]