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World renowned artists paint new murals in Rensselaer

An idea that started four years ago in Rensselaer is two days away from completion.

Posted: Jul 5, 2019 11:29 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2019 9:13 PM

RENSSELAER, Ind. (WLFI) -- An idea that started four years ago in Rensselaer is two days away from completion.

The Ren Art Walk features murals by five artists from around the world.

They all chose certain aspects about the community to focus on for their mural.

The curator of the project said it's all about giving Rensselaer an inspiring identity and helping its economy.

"Street art is actually contributing to revitalization of communities," said Cameron Moberg.

A community, Rensselaer, is in the middle of nowhere, but in the center of everything.

Rensselaer is hosting and trusting Cameron, Jenna, Emily, Andres and Chris to motivate the community.

"They're enjoying their time here," said owner of The Station at Embers, Ryan Musch. "The community is rallying around them and it's been a pleasant experience for everybody."

Everybody will be able to see Indiana Cone Flowers, profile pieces and even the newest hot spot for your social media pages.

"Street art is for everyone," said Musch.

This includes Bill Zimmer, who has lived in Rensselaer for 60 years.

"I think it's absolutely wonderful," said Zimmer. "It's something that is going to bring people to the community and it's going to be here for us to enjoy."

Community members should enjoy it for the years to come because little by little more murals will pop up in the city.

"It starts down at the river and goes all the way through this alleyway and hopefully another year continues another installation down another alley," said Moberg.

Local organizations have teamed up to fund the artwork including Tippecanoe Arts Federation.

Jenna Morello has always been into art.

"As soon as I can walk and talk," said Morello.

She said it's great to do what she loves in a city that respects her work.

"The people are great," said Morello. "The town is great, like being a small town is nice. You kind of come into a blank canvas and then turn it upside down and add all this art to it and see everyone's reaction.

Moberg echoed the same thing. 

"When you come to a spot like Rensselaer where there isn't street art, you're able to build community better and people appreciate it more," said Moberg.

The murals are expected to be done Sunday.

We will make sure to share the finished product with you on our website!

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