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New Harrisburg butterfly mural comes to life

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HARRISBURG -- A new butterfly mural comes to life in downtown Harrisburg. 

Three Saline County women worked together to bring the idea to life.

 "We're hoping that as people come through, they stop as they're going to the Shawnee National Forest, stop, shop, bring business to the community and we hope the locals comes use it also," said Tammi Jackson, of Saline County. 

They grew inspired after seeing other murals in Nashville and Louisville and volunteered their time to bring one to Harrisburg.

"They told me their idea about putting in on the wall and I just kind of envisioned a butterfly and put it out on paper and then when I got here, I just put it up there with chalk and then basically winged it," said Hayley Kotner, the artist of the mural.

Kotner incorporated the Monarch butterfly into the mural, which is the Illinois state insect. It took Kotner and the other volunteers two weeks to complete.

Meantime, city leaders hope the new mural off East Poplar Street street will help draw more foot traffic in the downtown area, as well as help beautify the city.

"This is just a start to beautify the city of Harrisburg," said Harrisburg Mayor John McPeek. "When people come to town, they're going to see these butterflies and we hope it will bring people here to take the pictures and stop and shop locally, we have restaurants on this street and we have a couple bars here so hopefully people patronize those businesses."

McPeek thanked Town Square Pub, Doug Barter Masonry and Barnes Lumber for contributing to the project in various ways.

Those who helped create the mural hope everyone who visits will remember a positive experience in the city they call home.

"Just put a smile on their face, take a picture, something cute for their scrapbook, Facebook page, instragram, it's just cute," said Kelly Phelps, one of the volunteers.

The women encourage folks to share pictures with the mural on social media and use the hashtags #ButterfliesInTheBurg and #HarrisburgHayley. For more information, visit their Facebook page

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