Pride of Lemont Mural

Rudy Kling was a pioneer in the new sport of airplane racing in the 1930s whose more down-to-earth life included operating his mechanic's shop in his hometown of Lemont. The 65 by 10 foot Pride of Lemont mural commemorates the brief but exciting flying career of this nearly forgotten local hero. Lead artists Mona Parry and Rob Moriarty spent months researching the aviator's life in the Lemont Historical Society archives in order to gather details to develop the design for this massive painting. Working during the hot summer of 2009, Parry and Moriarty and well over one hundred local volunteers painted specially prepared fabric panels with photo and headline snippets from old newspapers to tell Kling's exciting and tragic story. These panels were then carefully installed on the west wall of the All-Service Garage building on Front Street. The final mural, which features a nearly life-sized image of Kling's racing plane the Jupiter, was dedicated that fall by a crowd that included a number of Kling's descendants, some of whom traveled from other states for the event.

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