From the famous Papillion water tower to the iconic Monarch butterfly, Papillion is known for its many symbols and a local church is honoring each of them.
Last month, Reality Church, 10695 Portal Road, paid tribute to the city it serves with a vinyl cutout of what makes Papillion unique.
The cutout is displayed in the church lobby to remind people the church supports the community.
“Our biggest thing here is breaking down barriers between people and Jesus,” said Leslie Palensky, creative director at Reality Church. “The way we do that is to focus on God, risk authentic relationships and impact our community for eternity.”
The idea of the artwork came about after the church brainstormed how to jazz up their lobby by incorporating the community.
“Even though we are in here focusing on God and growing, there is a whole community around us that we are here to serve,” Palensky said.
After thinking of ways to represent Papillion, Palensky contacted church member Karien Bredenkamp to execute the idea.
Bredenkamp, a graphic designer, said she was excited to collaborate with her church and put her skills to good use.
“Line art has always been something I am drawn to,” Bredenkamp said.
The design took about 30 hours to complete, she said.
For her, the most difficult part was making sure each piece connected.
Aside from the water tower and the butterfly, the cutout also has a Ferris wheel in honor of the annual Papillion Days celebration, the Shadow Lake Towne Center logo, books to represent Sump Memorial Library and the Papillion La Vista Community Schools.
Bredenkamp said it is an honor to have her work on display at her place of worship.
“It’s wonderful,” she said. “My favorite part is hearing what people think about it and seeing it appreciated. It means a lot to me.”
So far, Palensky said, church members are thrilled with the results.
“People have loved it,” Palensky said. “People in this community are proud to be a part of this community.
“Everyone sees it and they are just like, ‘It’s us.’”