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  • The Glass City River Wall Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

    The video below originally aired Sunday, October 24th 2021 on CBS

  • ABOUT

    OUR MISSION

    Our mission is to support a multi-phased artistic installation at the ADM grain silo facility in Toledo, Ohio. It will provide a stunning and welcoming visual to the gateway of our city with a universal and inclusive message of hope and positivity. Our goal is to showcase our city’s dedication to the arts and urban renewal, while telling a story about our rich and vibrant cultural history—past, present and future. Additionally, our intention is to highlight ADM’s purpose which is to unlock the power of nature to enrich the quality of life.

    OUR TEAM

    Beckett Baither, Communica

    Jason Boyer, ADM

    Lisa Baer Dewhirst, Eastman & Smith LTD.

    Christina Kasper, Urban Sight

    Nicole LeBoutillier, Urban Sight

    Nathan Mattimoe, Toledo Arts Commission

    Susan Reams, Art in Public Places Committee

    Brooke Schlageter-Graham, Education Consultant

    Valerie Thompson, ProMedica
    Kerry Wellstein, CREATE: Art Studio + Workshop​

    Brandy Alexander-Wimberly, Spaceshop

    Nick Corbin, Nick Corbin Productions

  • THE PROJECT

    ABOUT THE PROJECT
    & ADM BACKGROUND

    ADM is a Chicago-based corporation recognized as a global leader in nutrition. They are the world’s premier agricultural organization and processing company, with a focus on providing access to nutrition worldwide.

     

    ADM operates a grain silo facility on the east bank of the Maumee River. In a very prominent location, the facility is visible from Interstate-75, the Maumee River and downtown Toledo. The silos are well preserved and regularly maintained.

     

    We have partnered with ADM to promote cultural awareness and beautification, under the supervision and guidance of our Steering Committee.

    We Welcome Your Sponsorship – Your Donation is Tax Deductible

    Respectfully, we are asking for support to help fund the completion of one of Ohio’s largest
    community art initiatives with a donation. Your partnership will further help us in
    strengthening our community and Toledo’s global reputation. Currently, we have an estimated budget of $1,150,000 that includes preparation, production, communication, and future maintenance. We would be thrilled to have your support! Click here to Donate Now and be a part of this epic mural project.

    ABOUT TOLEDO & THE SILO SITE

    Toledo has a long-standing tradition of being unique and vigorous in their support of the arts. From the Toledo Museum of Art’s founder Edward Drummond Libbey’s vision to build a place that was accessible to all, to the longest standing arts commission in the state and one of the early 1% for the Arts program in the country, Toledo has been devoted in their commitment. Our goal is to continue that tradition.

     

    For thousands of years, various cultures of indigenous peoples lived along the rivers of what is now northwestern Ohio and were the first farmers in the region. The site is recognized for its historic value and is designated with a plaque describing the fortification and its significance. It is a story that is seldom told, but steeped in rich history.

     

    Throughout the years, Toledo has celebrated its diversity and vibrant spirit. It is our vision to commemorate the history of our community and highlight the mission of ADM.

     

    ADM has a grain silo facility on the east bank of the Maumee River, near downtown Toledo. This facility is in a very prominent and visible location. It is can be seen from both Interstate 75, the river and the city’s downtown. The 170,000 square foot space designated for this installation is the western facing side of the facility and will include the 28 silos south of the facility office.

  • MEET THE ARTIST

    Gabe Gault

    A Southern California native, Gabe Gault spent his formative years in Venice Beach where creativity, popular culture, and its colorful residents made a lasting impression. A reading disability caused him to turn his full attention to art as a way to express himself and explore his identity as a Black American.

     

    His current work employs classical painting techniques with modern subjects, with a particular focus on individuals dedicated to making a positive difference in our culture. His works often feature backgrounds with juxtaposing urban camouflage pattern and classical flora used as a story telling device. Much of his work showcases his intense passion and love for positive activism, which inspires him artistically, mentally, and spiritually.

     

    When it came to the Glass City River Wall mural project, Gault knew that his art could tell a powerful story for Toledo. “I want to tell a story that is colorful, bold, simple and readable,” he said. “My objective is to offer both an origin story, which honors the original farmers of the region, as well as providing an inspirational image for the future: a cornucopia of abundance and prosperity which speaks to ADM’s corporate governance and philanthropic contributions.”

     

    Notable works of Gabe Gault include: murals for the legendary Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Complex magazine, Nike and Nike Air. Commissions for the NAACP, Will and Jada Smith Foundation, UCLA’s Centennial “100 Years of Activism”, AMEND (13th Amendment) for Netflix, The Tommie Smith Youth Athletics Foundation, and ACLU of Southern California.

     

    For more information on Gault and his work, visit WWW.GABEGAULT.COM
    or find him @GABEGAULT on Instagram.

  • THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    Urban Sight Inc. is a non-profit entity partnered with the Toledo Community Foundation.
    All donations made through this partnership are tax deductible.
    For more information about how you can give, please contact us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • NEWS & UPDATES

    THIS IS TOLEDO!

    2022 Official Visitors Guide Features Glass City River Wall on the Cover

    We are beyond thrilled that the GCRW is featured on the cover of the Destination Toledo 2022 Official Visitors Guide, along with our friends from the Sandpiper Boat Company.

     

    "Every so often a truly transformational project is unveiled that truly changes the landscape and makeup of a place. The Glass City River Wall is such a project for Toledo. Acting as not only a welcoming visual gateway to our city, but as a true destination itself, and driver of our local tourism economy. People will travel from far and wide to see what is becoming world renowned as the Glass City River Wall”. – Lance Woodworth, President & CEO of Destination Toledo

     

    If you're interested in seeing the mural up close, please consider checking their schedule for the best seat in the house: https://www.jmcruiselines.com/

    CBS SUNDAY MORNING FEATURE

    Watch the Story on WTOL Channel 11

    It's official, the Glass City River Wall will be a featured story on CBS Sunday Morning, Sunday October 24th, 2021. The show starts at 9am on CBS (WTOL Channel 11).

    KEEP TOLEDO/LUCAS COUNTY BEAUTIFUL

    Announcing Our New Partnership

    Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful is the local advocate for improving recycling, reducing litter, eliminating waste, and beautifying our communities. Their Executive Director, Adam Cassi, felt that supporting the Glass City River Wall was essential, as it was an "unparalleled opportunity to help beautify our River and our City.” Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful has been integral to our success with awards including:

    The Keep Ohio Beautiful Paint Grant sponsored by Sherwin Williams, providing funding and essential paint supplies for the Glass City River Wall.

    The Jerry Bannister Green Stewardship Award in recognition of exemplary individuals, groups, or businesses/organizations that are dedicated to establishing a greener community through environmental education, litter prevention and/or recycling initiatives that create a lasting impact to the Toledo/Lucas County area.

     

    BLEND: MUSE & MINGLE: A PANEL DISCUSSION AND AFTER PARTY

    Thursday, August 26th, 6PM at the Toledo Main Library

    PLEASE JOIN US TO LEARN HOW A COMMUNITY BLENDED ART, HISTORY AND PASSION TO CREATE THE LARGEST MURAL IN THE COUNTRY.

    Thursday, August 26th, 6pm


    THE MUSE
    A panel discussion including the artist, Gabe Gault, members of the mural team and
    collaborators of the Glass City River Wall 6- 8 pm | Toledo Main Library | 325 Michigan St
    RSVP TO: jfrahn@thinkcommunica.com


    THE MINGLE
    Toledo Spirits Company | 1301 N Summit St
    Please join us at Toledo Spirits after the panel discussion for some
    mingling, a signature cocktail and DJ Big Lou The Mayor.
    A portion of the proceeds will go to the Mural Fund.
    This event is open to the public.

    SANDPIPER WATCH TOURS

    ENJOY A 1 HOUR CRUISE ALONG THE MAUMEE RIVER AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MURAL PROJECT.

    Book your reservations now!

    2nd MONDAY of the month at 10AM and 3rd MONDAY AT 6PM

    $20 PER ADULT | $10 PER CHILD

    50% OF THE TICKET PRICE SUPPORTs THE GLASS CITY RIVER WALL FUND!

    TO PURCHASE TICKETS: HTTPS://WWW.SANDPIPERBOAT.COM

    THE GLASS CITY RIVER WALL – OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF

    Painting to Begin First Week of June 2021

    What: The Glass City River Wall officially kicks off this week, as the base coat of paint will start being applied to the ADM grain facility, spanning 170,000 feet across 28 silos. When the mural is completed, it will be the largest mural in the country.

     

    Who: The artist, Gabe Gault, will bring the design and vision to life in partnership with lead painter and crew chief, Zak Warmann, owner of Detroit Sign Painters, and his seven-person team. Four members of the team are local Toledo artists, including Chris Rodriguez, Dean Davis, Yusuf Lateef and Connor Degnan. Ohio artist, Eric Henn, renowned for his work on large-scale murals​ and conical surfaces, will be joining as a consultant on the project in July.

     

    Where: The facility, which ADM has agreed to offer as a canvas for the purpose of this community-focused initiative, is visible from Interstate 75, the Maumee River and Toledo’s downtown. The Ohio Department of Transportation estimates that, on average, 82,365 vehicles pass the site daily.

    The site of the ADM silos on the Maumee River was first recognized for its value by the Native Americans and The Maumee continues to be one of the driving forces of Toledo’s economic prosperity.

     

    When: The painting begins this week with an anticipated completion date of August 2021, in advance of the 2021 Solheim Cup.

     

    Download the Official Press Release by clicking here.

    THE GLASS CITY RIVER WALL — OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

    Local Group Partners with ADM to Bring Silo Mural Project to Life

    TOLEDO, Ohio, Feb. 2, 2021 — A group of local community advocates, business leaders and design professionals are collaborating to bring a unique, large-scale art installation to a ‘wall’ of silos in metro Toledo. The Glass City River Wall (GCRW) will be located at the ADM grain facility on the east bank of the Maumee River, and will include 28 silos measuring approximately 160,000 square feet. Click here to view the official media release. Or click here to download.

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