Finished June 2015
View of the mural from the adjacent highway overpass.
Mural production - making our way down the big wall.
Mural production - closing in on the edge of the building.
Mural production - looking back from the end of the long wall.
Fort Industry I-280 Mural by Molly Dilworth
Published on Aug 31, 2015
A project of the City of Toledo's 1% for Art program, managed by The Arts Commission, "Fort Industry" is a massive 120+ foot long mural in Toledo, Ohio that impacts the I-280 corridor in north Toledo. Fort Industry is seen by more than 57,000 cars each day. Inspired by WWI dazzle design, Chelsea, MI native and Brooklyn, NY resident, artist Molly Dilworth created a work that helps to transform travelers experience through the Glass City and one that inspires a vibrant Toledo!
Fort Industry - Toledo
Mural for the Parks Department building at Ketcham and I-280 in Toledo, Ohio. June 2015, Commissioned by the Toledo Arts Commission.
The design for the I-280 Mural project is an updated version of dazzle camouflage, used to disguise ships in World War 2. This irregular patterning, effective at integrating the irregularities and mixed materials of the building, is also flexible enough to incorporate visual references from a variety of sources.
The original painting used to build the pattern combines elements of systems from the Bauhaus school with historic Native American decorative motifs from the Ohio Valley. The design gives a nod to close ties between Toledo and European industrial production, but is built on the visual architecture of pre-European traditions. The contemporary palette was chosen to acknowledge digital culture, Toledo’s vibrant mural scene and to distinguish it from nearby highway advertising. Toledo has a world-class museum, is an important player in global manufacturing, yet it’s citizens are unpretentious. My goal is to embody this mix of friendliness and worldliness in the design, to reflect the spirit of the city to its inhabitants and for those passing through.
Daily documentation of project here
Toledo Arts Commission documentation here
Toledo Blade article here