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Wauwatosa company unveils mural created by Milwaukee artist on Hank Aaron Trail

Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walkers and joggers along the Hank Aaron Trail in Wauwatosa will see a splash of color thanks to a collaboration between a Milwaukee artist and a disaster cleanup and property restoration company. 

Kelmann Restoration commissioned Milwaukee artist Fred Kaems to create a 130-foot long mural facing the Hank Aaron State Trail on the back of its building on 121st Street.

"It certainly brightens up that spot along the Trail. As a cyclist, I appreciate having interesting things to look at along the trail and this certainly will be one of them," said Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley. 

Kelmann Restoration general manager Adam Nelson, said the 45-year-old company got involved as a cleanup crew on the trail, and staff got intrigued after seeing some of Kaems' work in Wauwatosa and other areas, including a recent mural at Peanut Butter & Jelly Deli, 6125 W. Greenfield Ave. that shows a space-shuttle astronaut reaching for a PB&J sandwich while a splashing glass of milk floats by. 

Michelle Berryman