Kickstart: A new image for a plastics plant

Injection moulder Matrix 4 – or M4 – and its owner Patricia Miller have worked hard to change the image of manufacturing. Now they are taking that message out into the street and commissioning a mural from Lauren Asta to cover the exterior walls of the Woodstock, Illinois facility.

Miller said with the mural, Asta can inspire both the M4 team and the surrounding community.

“I had seen Lauren’s work in Chicago, loved the black and white style, its gender neutrality and clear vision. It was important to me to work with a strong artist like Lauren to bring our vision, art and creativity to the factory, realize and community, “Miller said in a press release.

The M4 location is on a prominent corner in Woodstock and serves as the gateway to the community, Miller said. Asta added that community members checked in with her frequently during the four-week project.

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