When the new Monona Mural on West Broadway across from South Towne Mall was defaced with many other businesses and homes on October 8th, so many people were disappointed. Reports from Channel3000, Channel 27 and The Herald Independent asked the public for information on the vandals.
The mural, called "Water, Land, and Sky," had recently been completed on Monona's Well #3 building. The dedication was held on June 10th with the community coming together to honor the collaboration of people across Monona, the City of Monona and Dane Arts Mural Arts. Created by local artist Rhea Ewing, the mural was painted with the help of students at MG21 (Monona Grove School District's charter school), people from the Monona Senior Center, students at Winnequah Elementary School, and members of the Ho Chunk Nation.
As the City of Monona's web page explains, "The theme of the mural was chosen through a city-wide poll. The design by local artist Rhea Ewing in conjunction with members of the Ho-Chunk Nation features animals and habitats found abundantly in Monona. Elements were chosen with guidance from members of the Whitehorse family, who have called the Monona area home for countless generations. Pictured in the mural is Ho-Chunk elder and well-known artist Harry Whitehorse." Rhea Ewing's statement offers additional insight about the mural.
Hallman Lindsay Paints was very proud to donate the paint for this wonderful mural. However, we were even prouder to work with the mural artists to advise them on an anti-graffiti coating that enabled the graffiti tags to be removed and the mural to be restored back to original status. When the City of Monona called our staff about the graffiti, everyone was thankful that the extra steps had been taken to preserve the work of the community.