Glass City River Wall
Glass City River Wall
The Glass City River Wall Featured on CBS Sunday Morning
The video below originally aired Sunday, October 24th 2021 on CBS
Our mission is to support a multi-phased artistic installation at the ADM grain silo facility in Toledo, Ohio. providing a 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 goal is to expand upon the artistic installation and create a coinciding curriculum that develops creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and emphasizes the power of storytelling.
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.
HELP US PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
We Welcome Your Support – Your Donation is Tax Deductible
Respectfully, we are asking for support to help fund the future maintenance 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. 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 supporting the arts. From the Toledo Museum of Art’s founder Edward Drummond Libbey’s vision to build a place 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 to 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 is steeped in rich history.
Throughout the years, Toledo has celebrated its diversity and vibrant spirit. Our vision is to commemorate our community's history and elevate our city's landscape with a message of hope and positivity.
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 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
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.
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
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: email@example.com
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!
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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.
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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