Have you seen it? Take a look at the incredible artwork on the back of The Ice Cream Exhibit at Wildlife Prairie State Park! This mural was created by the Park's own naturalist and artist, Melissa Sauder. Assisting her are two ICC students, Jamie Morrow and Katie Garrison; both of these women are members of the Vagabond Art Club at ICC and together have volunteered over 60 hours of their artistic talent! A big thank you from WPSP for their efforts!
Melissa's goal for the mural is to give onlookers a sense of how all life is intertwined. "By exaggerating the size of the smaller animals, and by having so many animals "watching" visitors as they approach the main area, I hope to create a feeling that life is much greater than just one being," Melissa said. Making the mural even more special to the Park, is that most of the animals featured are the Park's own residents: Ollie the Owl, Mikitcha the Eagle, Allie our Albino Rat Snake, Dakota one our of wolves, and Tipper one of our cougars.
This mural is an ongoing project, so visit the Park often and look for new additions!