The oil-on-canvas mural “Cotton Time,” by Allison B. Curry, depicts workers harvesting an abundant cotton crop with a cotton mill in the background, evoking the agrarian and industrial aspects of that state’s history.
“Curry’s initial design for the post office in Arcadia hoped to harmonize an agricultural past with an industrial future. In Curry’s composition, an ox-drawn cart pulls a cotton-laden wagon toward the market. But when Section officials requested that Curry add “a piece of architecture that has a note of reassurance” to his horizon, he chose an oil derrick, with the obvious implications.”
http://www.knowla.org/entry/525/ Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: http://www.newdealartregistry.org/