This is a rendering of a mural that is proposed for the side of a building at 1401 Main St., Union Grove. The project, spearheaded by Leadership Union Grove, is intended to welcome visitors to the village.

Artwork intended to welcome people into Union Grove

By Dave Fidlin


A new artistic depiction of some of Union Grove’s most notable features could soon be installed in one of the village’s most highly trafficked areas with assistance from a civic organization.

Village Administrator Mike Hawes presented the Village Board with a rendering of Leadership Union Grove’s mural project at a meeting Feb. 24.

In its draft state, the artistic depiction includes some of Union Grove’s more notable characteristics, including the historic water tower, summer festivals, agricultural heritage and the oak leaf that has long been a symbolic part of the village’s logo.

The proposal, Hawes said, calls for having the mural installed on the south-facing wall of Napa Auto Parts, 1401 Main St.

“The purpose of the project is to provide an aesthetically pleasing welcome to the downtown area, while building a sense of community pride,” Hawes said of the rationale behind Leadership Union Grove’s plans for the project.

Hawes said students at Union Grove High School created the mural’s design concept. Art teacher Hal Kravig also played a role in fine-tuning some of the design elements.

The Village Board did not take any formal action on the mural proposal, but did give conceptual support to the project.

Since the project is not in the core of the downtown, Hawes said board approval was not required, but, he added, “Leadership Union Grove is interested in having the village’s support in the project, as they would like it to be a positive addition to the community.”

Further details on the mural’s possible installation are anticipated at upcoming Village Board meetings.