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Group paints over Harrisburg butterfly mural

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- An artist painted a mural at the Towne Square Pub in Harrisburg a few months ago, but now it's gone amid a wave of miscommunication with everyone involved.

Hayley Kotner said she just wanted to paint something beautiful for the city of Harrisburg.

"Now I'm to the point where I just want to walk away," Kotner said.

She painted a butterfly mural in May, but just a few days ago, a group of college kids painted over the mural at the request of Mark Motsinger of the Saline County Historical Society.

Motsinger said he was working with the bar owner to put a mural celebrating Saline County's history ahead of the bicentennial.

He released a statement on Facebook, saying the historical society did not approve the butterfly mural.

"We hope the community can come together and heal from this event so we can get back to the business of preserving, teaching and sharing local history," the statement read.

Kyle Wahl, owner of the Towne Square Pub, put out his own statement.

He said there was a "huge breakdown of communication" and neither project was approved by him.

Wahl said he wants something on that wall but it needs some work done first because of how old it is.  

Kotner said what Mark Motsinger and the historical society did was not right.  

"I put everything into that painting," Kotner said.

Harrisburg Mayor John McPeek said he's overwhelmed by the support for Kotner and the butterfly mural and he hopes to leave the negative comments in the past and move forward with other projects to make the city beautiful.

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