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December 31, 2014
Monon Trail "Love Train" Mural
           
by Laurren Brown

As we wrap up 2014, it's only natural to reflect back on the year's accomplishments.
One the activities that we are most proud of also happens to be the most out of the
ordinary for us- our participation in the renovation of a HUGE mural on Indy's popular
Monon Trail.

When a local non-profit, The Department of Public Words (DPW), approached us about fixing the old murals that were on the back wall of our Infinite Self-Storage property in Broad Ripple we knew we wanted to do more than fix them. The 15+ year old murals were beginning to crack, peel and generally degrade. We had wanted to do something about them for years but the project was huge and we had no idea where to start.
And that's where DPW stepped in...

How huge was this project? Here are some numbers:

  • Over 5,000 square feet of surface to be scraped, primed, and have multiple layers of stencils applied
  • Over 44 panels
  • Over 200 volunteers (75 from HKP!)
  • Over 40 cans of paint and 160 cans of spray paint
  • Over 50 positive messages
  • 20 new trees were planted

DPW took ownership of the project, bringing in other donors like the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association, Smallbox and others. They also commissioned regional expert, StenSOUL street artist, Peat Wollaeger. It was Peat who determined that the mural should be of a train to honor the history of the Monon Trail.

We were fortunate enough to have an HKP Family Volunteer Day at the mural where
all of our loved ones could make their mark! It was a fantastic, fun, messy day that
we won't soon forget.

We're pretty proud of the mural and for our role in it! It's certainly grabbed the attention of the Indy community. The Love Train has already been the backdrop for countless photos, the destination of a marriage proposal, and a bright spot in many a trail user's day (we know because they called it out as they jogged/biked/walked by)!

Check out what others had to say about it:

-WTHR
-The Broad Ripple Community Newsletter
-Indy Arts Guide