Pekin considering ordinance to allow murals on buildings

Apr 19, 2016

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) - Pekin could soon be getting a lot more colorful. The city council for the central Illinois community will consider an ordinance next week that would allow mounted vinyl murals featuring the work of local artists to be placed on buildings around town.

Jessica McGhee painting a mural on West Main St in Peoria.
Credit Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Supporters say the ordinance would help artists because they'd be paid by the building owners and because the murals would give them a lot of exposure.

The murals won't be painted directly on the buildings but hung from brackets, the murals can be easily switched - meaning more artists will get to earn money and have their work seen. 

 The ordinance is patterned after one in Peoria that has resulted in murals popping up on buildings throughout the city.