- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A planned mural and crosswalk art project is underway in downtown Springfield after experiencing two years of delays.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (https://bit.ly/1LCHWXa ) artist Troy Freeman has begun work on a mural that will face the Old Capitol Farmers Market. It should be complete by month’s end. The mural will depict a rural farm scene with sunflowers, corn and pumpkins and the capital city skyline as a backdrop.

Two murals and five designed crosswalks are part of an initiative to dress up downtown and help visitors find their way.

Freeman was ready to start the mural two years ago when city officials backed off, saying they needed a zoning variance.

Freeman says he’s now happy to be moving forward. He adds he’ll be “happy and excited when it’s done.”

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