Walter was the "official artist" of the 2010 Indianapolis 500. With his piece, Walter brought the sense of long history of the race, excitement and intensity of the exceedingly fast cars. The historic elements were especially important as it was in celebration of the race’s centennial era.
Walter's vision includes a black and white photo of the start of the first race in the background with a current car in the forefront speeding ahead. In fact, so fast that the paint is flying off of the car! Also included in the piece are balloons being released at the beginning of the race – a time honored tradition. Lastly, the historic “wheel and wings” logo grounds the piece at the bottom along with the checkered black and white pattern accentuated by a multi-colored checkered pattern adding to the celebration of the race.
Along with the official artwork, Walter was commissioned to create driver portraits of Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick and Dario Franchitti. These stunning 3' x 4' artistic interpretations capture the essence of the iconic drivers. They expanded the scope of the official artwork and brought a new element to the project.
Walter's custom-designed helmet was one more unique aspect of his official 2010 Indy 500 artwork. A genuine race helmet made by Impact Racing with Walter's official artwork surroudning the helmet - truly functional art!
Walter takes tremendous pride in the commissioned artwork for the Indy 500. It continues to be a special project to him personally. His archetypal images exemplify how he brings all of the important and classic moments and traditions of an event to life with dynamic, positive and emotionally compelling imagery that visually define what people are feeling.