Parking garage murals added to beautify downtown Lafayette

The Tippecanoe County Public Arts Commission decided to beautify the top level of the County Parking Garage with two murals and picnic tables. (WLFI Photo)
The Tippecanoe County Public Arts Commission decided to beautify the top level of the County Parking Garage with two murals and picnic tables. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Visitors to downtown Lafayette can now enjoy lunch while getting a view of the city’s skyline.

The Tippecanoe County Public Arts Commission decided to beautify the top level of the County Parking Garage with two murals and picnic tables. The murals were painted by local artist Linette Bledsoe.

Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh said the view is one of the best in town and they wanted more people to see it. He said the murals add to the experience.

“That’s an important part of quality of life and quality of place for the entire community,” Murtaugh said. “We’re seeing that as we promote projects such as Wabash River Enhancement and promoting even economic development.”

Tippecanoe County Public Arts Commission Chair Michael Dick said he is happy how the project turned out.

“We were honestly skeptical at first,” Dick said. “But once we were familiar with the project, and the space and the great view, we all got on board with it.”

To experience the murals and the view, the county is hosting the Downtown Park-Art Grill and Chill Fundraiser and Community Barbecue on Monday, Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to the sixth floor of the County Parking Garage, 251 Columbia St., in Lafayette for free food and a chance to meet the artist.

There is also a silent auction of gift baskets donated by county employees. All proceeds go to the United Way.

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