Mural to represent Kronenwetter’s past and present

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 10:14 PM CDT
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KRONENWETTER, Wis. (WSAW) - A blank sound wall off of Old Highway 51 and Kowalski Road in Kronenwetter will soon become a work of art. The Kronenwetter Lions Club has been approved to use the space to paint a mural.

The “Journey Through Progress” mural will showcase the history of Kronenwetter.

Mural Artist Jessica Kopecky said it’s a project she can’t wait to begin.

“This type of public art gets a lot of people talking, it gets them excited and you just kind of feed off of that energy,” Kopecky said.

This is not Kopecky’s first mural. She’s created multiple murals in Wausau, including one on the needle workshop and another on the river district antique mall.

“Big architectural things and large-scale art can be pretty gratifying,” Kopecky said.

Now she’s facing a 120 foot wide by 8 feet high canvas. It will highlight Kronenwetter’s history with a nod to the present.

“There is a bit of a technology piece. You’re going from like a sled with logs being pulled by horses to the first airplane landing in CWA,” Kopecky said.

This will be the first mural in Kronenwetter. The idea came from Lions Club Member Emil Wasniewski.

“I love the history,” Wasniewski said.

Wasniewski wants to use the art as a way to teach future generations about the village’s history.

“The older generation is quickly passing and a lot of it’s going to be forgotten and there’s so many new people moving in from other places, they won’t know the history,” Wasniewski said.

The mural will take Kopecky about four weeks to complete and community members can’t wait to see the history come to life.

“It’s always interesting when you go into different sorts of small towns and villages and understanding why the people are and this will be a great insight to everyone,” Chris Johnson said.

Kopecky will begin work in July.

The project will cost between $13,000-$15,000. If you would like to donate, be sure to follow the link for more information.

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