The Haunted Pink Floyd Mural
by Wake Cowboy
This unique, anomalous mural, comprised of several different images, was created by Dawna C. Wunder upon the wall of Wherehouse Records and Video Store # 201, on the corner of Prater and McCarran, in Sparks Nevada, for the Promotional Release of Pink Floyd’s “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” album debut in 1987.
After the promotion it was taken down and moved, with an extra centerpiece and several extra LP sized posters for spare parts, to 4650 Sierra Madre, Foxfire Apartment # 819, where it was reassembled above a couch in the living room.
The Haunted Pink Floyd Mural Phenomenon
Friends who came over to visit, after gazing into the collage for only short periods of time, made comments about seeing faces and figures that morphed in and out of focus, from one side to the other, from the top or the bottom, that would appear from nowhere, changing size and position. Some said they saw a knight in full battle armor; others saw a cowboy wearing a tattered hat, full duster, and elbow length gloves. Many different things - but the most predominant was The Cowboy.
Though, The Cowboy never did anything evil, it wasn't long before people did not want to sit on the couch; and it wasn't long after that, that they didn't visit at all anymore with the exception of a few. There was a young guitarist (Vincent Gates) that The Cowboy seemed to be fond of, and he would make frequent appearances when Vince was around. Maybe he found Vince to be entertaining. Vincent was quite an exceptional, self-taught, musician.
The Pink Floyd Mural was moved again in 1989, and was reassembled on the living room wall of a manufactured home in Sun Valley where it continued to be a strange anomaly. On one specific occasion, a friend of the mural's owner disrespectfully poked The Cowboy in the left eye because he didn't like the way the eyes of The Cowboy followed him around the room. The Cowboy was instantly angered and frowned with a sinister sneer, one eye closed from the protrusion. After taking photo # 3, the mural's owner and the "eye poker" (Glenn) ran out of the house and did not return for several hours until the fear subsided.
By 1994, the owner of the haunted mural did not like to turn his back to it, and when he got tired of looking over his shoulder, he took it down for good and had a friend put it into storage. The owner only kept one of the two large centerpieces. The friend eventually became a former-friend, and it is not known where the complete set of the original Haunted Pink Floyd Mural posters are today.