SPRINGFIELD — One of three pieces of public art in Springfield commissioned for the Illinois Bicentennial celebration can now be found on a window at the city's public library.

Visitors entering Lincoln Library on the Capitol Avenue side can see a large depiction of what five teens who attended a Springfield Art Association art camp predict for the future of Springfield. The mural was made through a partnership including SAA, the Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the city of Springfield.

The theme of mural, "Futurism of Springfield," was chosen to complement the statue "Future Lincoln," which guards the same entrance. A gift to the city from the Old Capitol Art Fair, the eight-foot black and bronze statue shows an abstract Lincoln that matches the brutalist architecture of the library building, 326 S. Seventh St.

The other piece of public art already on display includes several panels painted along Clear Lake Avenue showing Illinois' history.

The third project — a mural that will be painted on a wall at Brewhaus, 617 E. Washington St. — will be completed later in the year, according to SAA education coordinator Erin Svendsen.

While the murals recently painted along Clear Lake Avenue depict Illinois' past 200 years, the mural at Lincoln Library shows what Springfield could be in 200 years. Unlike the current trend of declining population in Springfield, the muralists believe Springfield will be overflowing with people, so much so that land will be scarce.

The mural also shows gardens, with a new species of vegetables, grown on top of homes. The center of the artwork shows several buildings taller than the Capitol. Instead of coal-fired power plants, the future Springfield will have windmills and renewable green energy. High-speed rail, flying cars and rocket ships are just a few ways to get around. A cluster of buildings on a purple planet represents the possibility of moving much farther than St. Louis.

Teens Cayden Guy, Oliver Rauscher, Ellie Krehbiel, Julia Curry and Ruben Densmore spent 15 hours over five days brainstorming and designing elements of the mural using Adobe Photoshop, with help from SAA art instructor Richard Kohlrus. Kohlrus said he helped add an abstract, futuristic style to the illustration, but all of the details and ideas came from the students.

Krehbiel, 15, said she would want to live in a Springfield depicted on the mural. During the camp, she painstakingly made sure the gradient on each of the purple petals on her futuristic flowers was uniform.

"It's hopeful and full of new ideas for what the future could be like," said Krehbiel, a Springfield High School sophomore.

Curry, 17, said designing a whole mural and then creating its elements in one week was "kind of scary." She worked on the futuristic houses and flying car and said she was pleased with the overall result. Her favorite part of the mural is the depiction of a beaming downtown Springfield.

"I can see it growing and becoming even more of the heart of the city," Curry said.

A senior at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, Curry said she has plans to pursue graphic design or landscape architecture. The fact the mural of Springfield's future is created by young people is no coincidence, she said.

"I want people to know the future of Springfield is bright and we have big plans coming," Curry said.

Unlike the murals on Clear Lake Avenue, the colorful illustration on Lincoln Library isn't painted; it was printed by Solution Printing onto a perforated surface, which was stuck to the window. Though people walking by can see the mural on the outside, people inside can still see through the window.

Library director Will O'Hearn said the mural adds "zest" and color to the library's entry.

"It's great artwork, but more importantly, it gives them a way to express themselves. And that is what the library is about, too," O'Hearn said.

Not to be outdone by "Future Lincoln," the mural has a surprise: the hidden face of Abraham Lincoln. A hint? The flying car is Lincoln's eye.