The Land Mural
The murals in downtown Janesville are part of the “Heart of the City Outdoor Art Campaign” which started in 2009. There are three murals in the original campaign that represent a decade each in the founding of Janesville. One additional mural was added to represent women during these years. Each mural resembles what made the community grow economically. The murals are 22 feet by 29 feet and are printed on UV-coated vinyl and wrapped around aluminum frames.
Backstory and Context
The first mural, located at 101 East. Milwaukee St., represents the growth of Janesville by land, representing the hard work and determination that went into agriculture in Rock County. Painted by Ron Wick of Rockford, IL the mural depicts an early pioneer farmer wiping his brow after working a hard day on his farm. Additionally, the portrait of Henry Janes, Janesville's namesake, graces the corner of the mural amidst a sea of growing wheat. You can also see the famous Monterey Rock, located near Monterey Park in the background.