'Naperville Together' street mural painted in city's downtown

  • Rebecca Hernandez of Naperville puts the finishing touch on the letter H as the Art of Inclusion's first piece of inclusive-focused public art was painted on the Naperville Township parking lot Saturday.

      Rebecca Hernandez of Naperville puts the finishing touch on the letter H as the Art of Inclusion's first piece of inclusive-focused public art was painted on the Naperville Township parking lot Saturday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Peter Thaddeus of Warrenville completes a painting of a phoenix rising as the Art of Inclusion's first piece of inclusive-focused public art was painted on the Naperville Township parking lot Saturday.

      Peter Thaddeus of Warrenville completes a painting of a phoenix rising as the Art of Inclusion's first piece of inclusive-focused public art was painted on the Naperville Township parking lot Saturday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The Art of Inclusion's first piece of inclusive-focused public art was painted on the Naperville Township parking lot Saturday.

      The Art of Inclusion's first piece of inclusive-focused public art was painted on the Naperville Township parking lot Saturday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 9/26/2020 5:54 PM

Artists worked throughout the day Saturday to paint large, block letters spelling out the words "Naperville Together" onto a parking lot in the city's downtown.

The street mural is the inaugural piece developed by the recently formed Art of Inclusion, an organization aimed at creating art that reflects the diversity of Naperville and promotes unity and inclusion within the community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Each of the 18 letters was assigned to an artist, who worked with small teams to design and paint a theme within their 7-foot by 5-foot outline. The mural was carefully spaced out to fit in the Naperville Township parking lot at 139 Water St.

Community members gathered throughout the day to watch the artists work and to add their own handprints to the letter "N."

The concept was designed to be a highly visible display of hope, change and inclusion, project leaders said. It has received support from the Century Walk Corp. and Naperville Township Supervisor Eddie Bedford, among other community members and local stakeholders.

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