Artist’s mural invigorates space with memories of Royals postseason magic

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There is a new Kansas City Royals mural in town, and this might be the only time fans ever get to see it.

Graphic artist Phil Shafer has been hard at work for a week, spray painting a massive mural in an underground tunnel that connects Arrowhead Stadium to Kauffman Stadium.Mural

“It’s just something to basically liven up the space, and bring color to a once-drab area,” Shafer said of the hallway that’s seen by about 700 employees each game day.

The centerpiece of the mural is the 2014 American League Championship logo – a work of art dedicated to that magical season when the Royals made the playoffs for the first time in 29 years and made their city proud in the World Series.

“The shards in these lines going back and forth represent the excitement that the whole city had,” Shafer said of his design. “Like, light blue lightning bolts and stuff that everyone was being shocked by during the playoff run.”

It’s a space fans might never see, only accessible to employees, players and their families.

“They’ll tweet it, they’ll Instagram it, they’ll share it on Facebook, hopefully,” Shafer said.

Chosen by the Royals’ creative department, Shafer is proud to be a part of the mural, ensuring the 2014 postseason is frozen in time.

“It’s an honor,” he said of the job. “I’ve only been painting murals for the last like 3-4 years. I’ve been an artist for over a decade, but I’ve recently transitioned into doing murals, and to have the idea to come in here and basically do, not quite a community service project, but it feels like I’m doing something for the people of the stadium in a way, and that makes me feel good.”

Plus, it’s a little splash of color that will now brighten a once drab walk to work.

“I want them to stop and go like, ‘Whoa,’” Shafer said of how he hopes people to react to his artwork. “It’s like a little half step, and then they’re like, ‘All right, I can dig it.’”

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