By DIANE TURNER-HURNS
Journal & Topics Reporter
If you’re seeing red while driving along Lunt Avenue in Rosemont near the Allstate Arena ticket office, don’t blink twice. You are seeing red.
And soon you will see a red wall, with a green-eyed wolf staring back at you along with the words “Chicago Wolves” painted in yellow as part of a new mural located on a village-owned building wall at the corner of Lunt and Lyndon avenues.
Due to the success of the colorful new mural painted this year on three building walls across from the Recreation Center on Barry Street, village officials recently hired the main mural artist, Rahmaan Statik Barnes, to design and paint the new Wolves mural.
Preparation work on the mural began last Thursday, Sept. 25. Both Rahmaan and his wife, Deanna, were white washing the site and preparing the ground area so a lift could be used safely to paint.
Earlier this year, Rosemont trustees approved the hiring of Barnes and eight local students to design and paint the large mural near the recreation center as part of the village’s "It’s Art Here" program. The mural was completed last August.
According to village officials, the Chicago Wolves mural should be completed by the Saturday, Oct. 11, Chicago Wolves home opener at the Allstate Arena.
Additionally, murals are expected to be painted on walls near the upgraded playing fields now under construction next to the Rosemont Recreation Center on Barry Street.
Officials said the murals might also go on the public works and recreation center walls facing the new field in the near future.