Fargo artist Emily Williams-Wheeler is known for her colorful and whimsical painting style. When West Acres Mall looked to create a new indoor playground area, it makes sense, then, that they commissioned a large-scale mural for the space by Williams-Wheeler in her trademark style, with bold-colored trees, animals, and flowers a-plenty. Between the squishy floor, fun shapes, and bright colors, it creates what she calls “a little wonderland.”
The new play area, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, is “part of a BCBSND effort to promote, advocate and support healthy living for all North Dakotans,” says a recent post on the BCBSND website. Called Recess West, the play area is located in the former Playland location adjacent to the mall’s food court.