Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

LOVE blooms in Northfield mural September 18, 2020

The Northfield Arts and Culture Commission awarded $3,000 toward this mural project.

 

SUNFLOWERS. LILIES. DAISIES.

 

I love the bold hues of this mural mixed with grey and black.

 

Flowers bloom in bold colors painted onto an exterior block wall in the heart of downtown Northfield.

 

Mural on the Domino’s building.

 

Just a half block off Division Street, up the hill from Bridge Square, on the building housing Domino’s Pizza, a colorful mural stretches, drawing appreciative onlookers. Including me. During Northfield’s The Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration last Saturday, many a passerby posed for photos against the colorful and inspiring backdrop.

 

Outlined in blue, the word LOVE.

 

This mural commissioned by the owner of the building and created by Illinois artist Brett Whitacre features more than vibrant flowers. It highlights a single word: LOVE.

 

The signature of mural artist Brett Whitacre on a corner of the mural.

 

And perhaps that is the unconscious draw. We all need LOVE. More than ever right now. These are difficult days of dealing with a relentless and deadly virus, social unrest and injustices, and a country in turmoil.

 

I expect the LOVE mural will continue to be a popular photo backdrop, especially for couples holding their wedding receptions at The Grand Event Center just across the street.

 

To pause for a moment in the chaos and appreciate this beautiful example of uplifting public art is to take a respite. To choose for a moment to embrace LOVE. That one emotion we all need. That connects us. If we allow it to do so.

THOUGHTS?

© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

11 Responses to “LOVE blooms in Northfield mural”

  1. Sartenada Says:

    Hello Audrey.

    Fantastic! I do love this post. We have autumn and practically no more flowers. You made my day! Thank you!

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Susan Ready Says:

    I absolutely love love this mural-wouldn’t it be so lovely if more money was awarded out there for other mural painting in the city The colors are so vibrant and eye catching.

  3. Bright and beautiful!

  4. Lara/Trace Says:

    How beautiful – especially when it snows – flowers are like smiles!

  5. How beautiful. It is going to be a great thing to look at during the snow and ice that inevitably will be coming before you are ready.


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