Downtown Freeport, Illinois Has New Wings

Freeport, Illinois — Mike Meade had no idea the reaction he would receive when he asked the community to say some positive things they are reminded of when they think of Freeport. Little did he know at the time he’d receive nearly 1,000 comments of things people enjoy about our city. Those comments sparked an idea in this downtown property owner’s head.

How about a mural?

With the second annual Paint the Port event right around the corner, Meade says he thought it would be the perfect time to paint a mural on the side of his downtown building. So, that’s what he did.

Located at 2 West Stephenson Street, on the corner of Stephenson & Chicago, Meade says he commissioned local artist Linda Vietmeyer to draw wings for him, based off an idea (with symbols) he had, directly as a result of the feedback he received from the community.  From that idea, and the community’s response, Meade (and friends) recently created this mural.

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“I wrote a list, checked it twice, top comments got drawn into feathers of the mural”, Meade said in a Facebook post made a couple days ago. “The mural is dedicated with a little love note to someone who loves, love”, he added.

With just a few weeks of planning and four days of drawing, painting and working in between rain, Meade says his downtown mural now looks good to put his name on it. In the bottom left corner of the mural it reads, “Love, what good are wings if you don’t fly, be free”.

Here are some shots taken as the mural was being drawn and painted.

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Meade says he’s thankful for all his amazing friends who randomly stopped by and grabbed a brush to help.

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Posted by Mike Meade on Friday, September 21, 2018

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Posted by Mike Meade on Friday, September 21, 2018

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Posted by Mike Meade on Friday, September 21, 2018

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Posted by Mike Meade on Friday, September 21, 2018

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Posted by Mike Meade on Friday, September 21, 2018

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Posted by Mike Meade on Friday, September 21, 2018

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