Benton County town dedicates new mural

Brooklyn, New York artist Jenna Morello finished the sunflower mural in just six days.

Posted: Oct 27, 2021 1:51 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2021 5:25 PM

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A piece of Otterbein is a lot brighter today thanks to a new mural.

The Tippecanoe Arts Federation and the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network partnered to make it possible.

The mural is part of the WHIN Walls project which is an effort by TAF to bring public artworks to each county WHIN serves.

Brooklyn, New York artist Jenna Morello finished the sunflower mural in just six days.

On Wednesday, the community celebrated its completion.

TAF CEO Tetia Lee said residents have been a great support throughout the process.

"Throughout this last week that we've been working, people have been very complimentary and extremely excited about all the activity that's been going on, and that's what we really want it to do," Lee said. "So, that brings the importance of quality of life. It's a great demonstration from the town that they care about it."

Lee said it's about much more than making something look good.

"It just takes this sort of access, and the little ones should be inspired by what they see Jenna doing," Lee added. "That can cultivate that next generation of supporters for the arts and also advocates for the town and for the future."

The mural is located on West Oxford Street, and it cost about $20,000 to complete.

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