Glass City River Wall — A Toledo, Ohio Community Project — Announces Completion of The Largest Mural in the U.S.

The Glass City River Wall in Toledo, Ohio was Officially Unveiled on Saturday, Oct. 15.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Urban Sight, along with partners, ADM and Tnemec Company, Inc., announced today the completion of the Glass City River Wall (GCRW), making it the largest mural in the United Statesand a stunning and welcoming visual to the gateway of Toledo.

Located at the ADM grain facility on the east bank of the Maumee River, the mural was created across a canvas of 28 silos measuring approximately 170,000 square feet and requiring more than 2,864 gallons of paint. 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 massive mural, originally the idea of project organizers and board members Nicole LeBoutillierand Brandy Alexander-Wimberly, was  concepted and designed by artist Gabe Gault after he was selected through an international Request for Qualifications process.

Known for his portraits and backgrounds using camouflage patterns, Gault completed the project with the help of a crew of local artists and renowned muralist, Eric Henn. It depicts a wide swath of sunflowers and three portraits portraying a Native American elder, mother, and child – honoring the indigenous peoples of the area.

“It’s beyond exciting to announce the completion of the Glass City River Wall,” said Christina Kasper, president of Urban Sight, Inc. and GCRW project manager, and Nicole LeBoutillier, GCRW operations manager. “The path to get here has been a truly transformative journey! It went from the idea of a couple friends, while boating down the Maumee River, to creating an art installation to beautify our city to a community-wide movement that has brought so many people and organizations together around a common goal,” they said.

“Together, we have made history with the largest mural in the country, underscoring Toledo’s reputation as a community dedicated to the arts, and igniting conversations around hope, positivity and inclusion that will carry us forward into the future,” said Toledo Mayor, Wade Kapszukiewicz.

Gault’s design was chosen to showcase Toledo’s past, present and future and highlight the historical importance of agriculture and the first farmers as the foundation of economic development in the region. The models used for the portraits are from three different Tribes – the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, the Shawnee Tribe and the Dakota Tribe. Living models were used to reinforce the fact that Native Americans are not people of the past but exist in vibrant communities today. In addition, leaders from The Myaamia Center at Miami University were available as expert guides and educational consultants throughout the process.

In addition to the mural itself, which will live on as a new Toledo landmark, a key aspect of the GCRW movement has been a focus on education and creating an opportunity for students everywhere to be a part of this monumental project. As such, in collaboration with educational professionals and local organizations, an educational component has been developed, including a free curriculum.

The supporting materials are available and accessible to anyone at no cost. They are interactive and multidisciplinary, allowing students of all ages the opportunity to explore and celebrate the history of Toledo and recognize the value of storytelling and of sharing their own stories. The mural will continue to serve as the impetus for these lessons going forward. 

To take this project from concept to reality, two essential partners have been ADM and Tnemec Company.

ADM generously donated its silos or “the canvas” for the project and accommodated nearly two years of GCRW staff, artists, equipment, media and other visitors on its property.

“We are proud to see the Glass City River Wall project come to life and serve as a strong representation of our thriving community and city’s vibrant spirit,” said Jason Boyer, Superintendent, ADM Toledo facility.

“Through ADM and ADM Cares, we work to sustain and strengthen the communities where our colleagues work and live by driving meaningful change and supporting projects such as this. We are thrilled to support Toledo through this partnership, which will make larger-than-life art a focal point of Glass City,” he said.

Tnemec Company supplied its specialized paint for the project, including Series 156 Enviro-Crete, a flexible, breathable acrylate coating for concrete, and Series 1026 Enduratone, a versatile and durable, water-based acrylic coating, in a variety of colors.

“Tnemec is so fortunate to be involved with this project,” said Chase Bean, President and CEO of Tnemec Company. “We are grateful for the community spirit and energetic efforts from so many people dedicated to transforming this structure into a beautiful work of art,” he said.  

In addition, over $1 million has been raised from corporate sponsors and public fundraising initiatives, encompassing nearly 800 total donors. Special thanks go to ProMedica, Hollywood Casino and the City of Toledo for their generous support, without which GCRW would likely not be a reality. For a full list of donors, visit

Throughout the process, the dedicated GCRW steering committee has donated its time and resources, including Susan Reams, Art in Public Places (APP) board member and pioneer in Toledo’s art community.

In addition, the GCRW has garnered widespread media attention, including national coverage by CBS Sunday Morning and People Magazine.

Saturday, October 15, 2022, marked the official completion and “unveiling” of the Glass City River Wall. To commemorate the day, a cultural celebration was held with the Dakota and Shawnee Tribes, including visits from the models used for two of the portraits: the “elder” portrait, Mary Louise Defender Wilson, 92, and the “child” portrait, Orontondi Greyhat. Also attending were GCRW artist Gabe Gault, mural artist Eric Henn, and the local and regional artists and GCRW team that helped it all come to life. There were also Tribal blessings led by Gerald Ironshield, Citizen of the Dakota Tribe, and remarks by Lee Blue Jacket, Citizen of the Shawnee Tribe, as well as traditional Bear, Buffalo and Eagle dancers.

video by Glass City River Wall

Phase two of the GCRW will include lighting, continued educational opportunities, maintenance and other exciting possibilities.

For more information, updates on phase two, as well as a complete list of the GCRW steering committee, artists and supporters, visit or contact Please follow us on Instagramand Facebook. To make a donation click here or visit

About the Glass City River Wall

The Glass City River Wall (GCRW) is located at the ADM grain facility on the east bank of the Maumee River and includes 28 silos measuring approximately 170,000 square feet. It is the largest mural in the United States. For more information, visit and follow us @GlassCityRiverWall on Instagram and Facebook. To make a donation, click hereor visit

About Urban Sight, Inc. 

Urban Sight, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization born in Toledo, Ohio out of the desire to connect and elevate communities through the universal language of art.

The organization’s goal is to invest in urban communities through art, so community members have a vehicle to reinvest in themselves. An integral aspect of Urban Sight’s mission is education to provide an avenue for people to connect and further develop their individual skill sets. Urban Sight’s inaugural project, the Glass City River Wall (GCRW), establishes a blueprint for future endeavors.

About the ArtistGabe 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. His works often feature backgrounds with juxtaposing urban camouflage patterns and classical flora used as a storytelling device. Notable works 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 or find him @gabegault on Instagram.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at

ABOUT TNEMEC (pronounced /tuh-knee-mick/)

Established in 1921, Tnemec Company, Inc., manufactures more than 120 architectural and industrial coating products at facilities in Kansas City, Baltimore, Dallas, and Shanghai, China. Headquartered in North Kansas City, Mo., Tnemec also operates distribution facilities in Atlanta, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle and Compton, Calif. In addition to the company’s American network of technical representatives, Tnemec has technical representatives in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and China. For more information about Tnemec, or any of its products, call +1-816-483-3400; write to 123 West 23rd Avenue, North Kansas City, Mo., 64116; or visit

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