TOLEDO, Ohio — It was a stormy day out on the Sandpiper, but it was one that showed the progress the Glass City River Wall mural has made, up close and personal.
The creative minds behind the idea for the mural love to use the word "magical" when describing the whole process.
They say it's no longer a project, but a movement.
"June first is when we executed and started to apply paint. Since June first, we've only had maybe four rain days and a couple minor glitches, but besides that, we've been able to paint Monday through Friday from 7-4," said Dean Davis, lead artist.
Over 82,000 vehicles pass the site daily, and project manager Christina Kasper said she used to drive along the bridge just to see the progress being made and was stunned at what she saw.
"The first time I did it, I sat on the bridge and cried. I was like, "oh my gosh this is astounding." Like it's so cool what we're doing. And it's so cool what the city has done for itself," said project manager Christina Kasper.
The project will use about 2,500 gallons of paint to complete, and it would take about three football fields to cover the expanse of the mural. But the crew knows they need to go above and beyond.
"Knowing that this is going to be the largest mural in the United States, that it's going to continuously grow. And if anything, it incites other cities to experiment with what they have in their hometowns and be able to build up with what they got," said Davis.
The Sandpiper is offering watch tours of their own so you can see the progress in action on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can purchase tickets online and you can bring your sandpiper receipts to Imagination Station and for buy one, get one free admission.
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