GREENSBURG – The long awaited third mural installment of the “#Distinctive Places” initiative for the Arts and Cultural Council and MainStreet Greensburg was officially unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning.

Greensburg Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Brian Robbins, Mayor Dan Manus, Greensburg Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Director Jeff Emsweller, MainStreet Greensburg Director Wendy Blake, Arts and Cultural Council President Mandy Lohrum as well as members of the “Cleansburg” committee and the press braved chilly winds to celebrate the mural unveiling.

Large letters spelling out “Love Grows Here” greets guests and local residents as they head east on Main Street. The new mural, painted by Zane Stats of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is permanently affixed to the western face of the Medical Cab building at 312 W. Main Street.

“I got a call for artists back in January or February of 2017 and submitted a proposal, but didn’t hear anything back from Greensburg until last fall,” Stats said. “In my design, I wanted to focus on the agricultural aspect of the town of Greensburg. I always like to use positive messages, and I believe that you can never have too much color, so we worked back and forth to come up with this final result.”

Rather than creating his latest masterpiece on the side of the building, Stats worked his magic in advance.

“I painted it in my garage, and I only have room enough to do six sheets of MDO plywood, a special artists’s plywood that resists the weather and doesn’t curl or warp. So, I did lots of math and crossed my fingers, and it all lined up. I didn’t get to see it all together and finished until we installed it on Wednesday and Thursday,” Stats said. “I spent most of yesterday doing touch-ups and giving it a good coat of polyurethane to give it a little gloss.”

Stats, a graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, earned his bachelor degree in Art and a minor in business. He works for an advertising agency traveling across the country, taking photographs of company’s products and creating marketing materials from them.

“I paint murals in my spare time for my own company, ZAS Designs,” he told the Daily News. “And I don’t do small. I only do big murals.”

The brightly colored effort was well received by those on hand Saturday.

“This thing just pops out at you whether you’re coming in off 46 or you just stop at the traffic light by 5/3rd Bank,” Emsweller observed. “This town has talked a lot about it and is really excited by it. I would love to see it at all the entrances to Greensburg. I think it’s great!”

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-663-3111, ext. 7011 or email bill.rethlake@greensburgdailynews.com.

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