Tom Plets could never have imagined how much one semester in Europe would affect his whole life.
Not only did it inspire him to open Dimi Espresso earlier this year based on his favorite Italian cafés, but earlier this week, muralists set to work re-creating the Swiss Alps on the side of the building, at 612 N. Beeline Highway.
A side trip to Switzerland was the inspiration for the mural. Plets, 24, said the stunning scenery resonated with him and it only seemed appropriate to paint the Alps on the south wall of the Payson café, given it is part of the Swiss Village shopping center.
“It is something I wanted to do for a while now,” he said.
He sat down with muralists Miles Guehler and the two created a collage using photos they pulled off the Internet and from Plets’ trip.
They settled on a mountain scene set among rolling green hills and a few cows in the foreground. Guehler also agreed to paint a short retaining wall in front of the building to look like stones.
This is the fourth mural Guehler has created in Payson. He worked on the mural at the Veterans Helping Veterans Thrift Store on the Beeline Highway, a horse mural at the Journigan House and a smaller wall painting at a local law office.
He hopes other businesses will follow suit and commission their own murals, which add interest and draw in customers.
For the Dimi Espresso fresco, Guehler called on his friends and fellow artists Giovanni Lira with Spray Paint Creations and Daryl with Painting Payson.
The group anticipates it will take 20-plus hours to finish up the scene, which means they should wrap up work on Thursday.
For more information, call Guehler at (928) 474-9539, Lira at (928) 978-6672, Dimi Espresso at (928) 951-1198 or visit www.paintingpayson.com.