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Distraction of the Day: Couple Gets Engaged Outside Heister Street Mural

Michael Pilato

Michael Pilato recently added some larger-than-life faces from the Penn State community to his Inspiration Mural on Heister Street, which were fittingly unveiled just before Arts Fest Weekend. Pilato added individuals from all aspects of Penn State, from athletics to THON.

In all, he added a total of 24 people (if you count the Nittany Lion as a person) ranging from all backgrounds and ages. From former football coaches Tom Bradley and Larry Johnson to Mike the Mailman, Dr. O. Richard Bundy, and the recently retired Brad “Spider” Caldwell, Pilato aimed to include those at the forefront of the Penn State experience. Onward State was honored to have Managing Editor Emeritus Kevin Horne added to the mural, too!

Pilato’s recent additions to the mural included some of the most inspiring Penn Staters of late, but they inspired something more this weekend: An engagement.┬áTim Riley followed up his Saturday of Arts Fest with his girlfriend Janine Schneider not with the sidewalk chalk that they used on their first date three years ago, but instead with an engagement ring. Pilato was there explaining his work to passersby, and managed to get a video of the engagement along with what Janine described as her “hands shaking for the about an hour afterward.”

The story doesn’t end there, though. Not only did Pilato capture their special moment, but he also told them that he would be giving them an early wedding present. He agreed to paint them kissing in a six-inch frame on the mural to make it a truly lasting image.

Check out our distraction of the day, because who doesn’t like looking forward to a future Penn State wedding:

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