- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

MANTENO, Ill. (AP) - Inspired by a street art mural in New York City, an advanced art class at Manteno High School is bringing that aesthetic to the quaint downtown of their hometown.

Starting by outlining the sketch of a mural they’re calling ‘Metamorphosis,’ the 15-student class was out there a few days later applying the paint on the wall of the flower shop at First and Main streets.

“The murals had to be interactive, incorporate Manteno and be aesthetically pleasing and uplifting to the viewer,” said art teacher Casey Meier. “With ‘Metamorphosis,’ I think they accomplished it all and they tell the story of the growth of Manteno.”

On an adjacent wall, the students are painting a set of wings, in homage to that mural in NY, where passersby can pose for photos and post them on social media. That’s similar to an idea a muralist in Bradley has for a series of murals he’s spearheading around Kankakee County.

Seniors Stephanie Childers and Briana Barth were up late helping Meier prep the wall for paint and said they hope to have it done “by prom.”

The 15 students are mostly seniors, but there are three underclassmen.

Manteno, a town of less than 10,000 people, has changed a lot in the past five years, even as the population boom from earlier years tapered off. New brick walkways greet downtown pedestrians and the town opened several new parks, including a new one right in the middle of downtown by the rail lines.

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Source: The (Kankakee) Daily Journal, https://bit.ly/1b3xk3o

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Information from: The Daily Journal, https://www.daily-journal.com


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