|Lake Placid, Florida...the Town of Murals|
|Toby's First Clown Class|
The mural is 60' wide by 15' high. In 1980, Keith Stokes, aka Toby, started practicing the art of clowning at Lake Placid Hospital, where he went to entertain the patients and staff. In 1982, his brand of Clown Medicine began to take hold and other hospitals started requesting his talent. He was having health problems of his own and just couldn't handle the demand, and there were no other clowns in Highlands County. In 1991, he decided he needed to teach the art of clowning. This mural depicts his first clown school. There were 6 graduates of that first class. His school grew rapidly and in 2010, over 1,500 clowns, ages 8 to 96, have graduated from his school. With more and more graduates, Toby started Toby's Clown Alley, which is chartered with Clowns of America International. The building where this mural appears is now the American Clown Museum, the only known one in the USA.
|Toby's Clown School|
|The Art of Clowning|
The student clown has to decide which of the 3 types of clowns they will become. Auguste, White Face, or Tramp/Hobo. They get individualized attention in selecting their one-of-a-kind outfit, learn to apply their own makeup. They also learn magic acts, balloon sculpting, puppetry and skits. During the months of January through April, you will often find 5 or more clowns walking the streets to greet visitors to the murals.
|One of the clown benches that can be found around town.|
|Another clown bench...I am not particularly crazy about clowns, but...|
I was willing to sacrifice for the sake of the photograph!
Linking to Monday Murals.