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Wausau Police Department gets new mural

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:21 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The Wausau Police Department’s Victim Resource Unit has a new mural adorning its lobby wall. It was created by artist Jessica Kopecky in collaboration with members of the department.

The Victim Resource Unit works with victims to make them feel safer, and they wanted their surroundings to reflect that.

They thought having a long blank wall was too institutional.

“The images in the mural are intentionally as gender and race neutral as possible so that anybody who looks at the mural can identify with what’s happening. It’s an uplifting message,” said Kopecky.

It’s an unmistakable message of dawning hope.

The colors are intentionally chosen to make its viewers feel a certain way. Artist Jessica Kopecky says it uses symbolism to further illustrate the intention of the Unit.

“The owl is wisdom, the bluebird is happiness, the caterpillar is like a transitional metaphor. The cocoon is pictured on the bridge and then on the brighter side it’s a transformed butterfly. And it’s also symbolic of the Womens’ Community because that’s their logo,” she said.

Even the positions of the officer have meaning.

The scene starts with the officer leading the victim figures from trouble, moves on to a bridge welcoming them to embrace positive change, and then they are brought into the light where the officer physically shields them from the darkness of the past.

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