ARTESIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
205 W. Quay Ave.
Artesia, NM 88210
The Future Belongs To Those Who Prepare For It. 1952. Mural. Egg tempera and oil resins on plaster backed by wire mesh. 14’6” x 47’
In 1952 Prudential Insurance Company built the 18-story red granite, limestone and steel Prudential Building to house its regional headquarters in Houston, Texas. Peter Hurd was commissioned to create a mural that echoed the company’s motto at the time: “The future belongs to those who prepare for it.” It is a mural with sweeps of landscape, timeless “yet alive with the activities of man at work improving and developing his natural resources for the present and the future”. In 1974, the building was sold to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and in 2002 the announcement was made that the building would be demolished. Preparations for moving the mural to Artesia, including preliminary restoration and preservation, began in 2009. In 2011 the mural was transported by truck and trailer to Midland, Texas. It was stored in an airplane hangar for two years before being moved and installed into the new Artesia Public Library, Artesia, New Mexico in 2013.