I’ve only lived in Indianapolis for a few months, so I still have tons of local public art to check out in person. I’m calling the 600-foot long spraypaint stencil mural Monon Love Train by Peat Wollaeger an early favorite, though. Why? Because trains.
Located on the Monon Trail on the back of the Infinite Self-Storage building in Broad Ripple, this huge wall was the location of faded, decaying murals whose restoration was not feasible. Local community art nonprofit Department of Public Words invited St. Louis-based artist Peat Wollaeger to design a new mural for the site.
The stenciled mural is of 44 train cars, including a caboose and two engines, and 283 positive messages:
Measuring the length of two football fields, you can’t see one end from the other:
Wollaeger’s trademark EYEZ graphic is tucked into the designs of most of the train cars:
The Monon Trail is a pedestrian/bicycle trail utilizing an old train line and winding its way through both industrial and residential neighborhoods in Indianapolis. This ambitious public artwork pays appropriate homage to the history of this site:
For more information about this mural, check out this and this, as well as a process video here. The Monon Trail contains tons of murals and, over the coming months, my goal is to share many more of them. Stay tuned for more eye candy!