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“Flora and Fauna” themed murals installed in East and Uptown Toledo


TOLEDO, August 2021: The Arts Commission's Creative Placemaking program have debuted a series of local Flora and Fauna-themed murals. Two of three artworks in the “Reclamation Series” have been completed:


“Reclamation | Uptown Water Cycle,” located in Laburnum Alley at 18th Street and Adams (behind Carlos Poco Loco and adjacent to a rain garden in Uptown Green Park), and "Reclamation | East Toledo Flood Plain Train," located at Harry Kessler Park, 328 Main Street. Both murals were completed by Graphite Design + Build and Natalie Lanese.


The Flora and Fauna Mural Series is a culmination of multiple years of community

engagement work led by the Creative Placemaking Team, in concert with multiple

residents, partners, community groups, and organizations. The murals celebrate the

local natural environment with references to each neighborhood’s connection to

water filtration, clean water advocacy, and neighborhood industrial history.


Both murals are sited to address resident-identified safety and beautification initiatives

and to support ongoing community planning efforts in each neighborhood. Two

alumni of the Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program were hired as assistants to

strengthen experience working with professional artists throughout the project.


These are the first two of three murals, with a third planned for the Junction

community in the coming year. A special thank you to the Black Swamp

Conservancy for their partnership in initiating the series concept to celebrate the

story of the Historic Great Black Swamp, Metroparks Toledo for their partnership in

design and connection to native plantings and natural spaces, Toledo Design.



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