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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Renovation work at Union Station unearthed a rare art treasure last year: a massive, seven-foot high, 28-inch wide mural entitled, “Commerce on the Landing.”

The mural, completed by artist Louis Grell in 1942, depicts the St. Louis riverfront and trains at the turn of the 20th century. The mural was commissioned by Union Station during World War II, but was then lost for years.

The artwork was restored by artist and art conservator Irek Szelag.

Jonathan Kodner, proprietor of the Kodner Gallery in Ladue, visits Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss a special exhibit coming up at Union Station that will feature that very mural. The exhibit runs from October 28 to December 4.