Mural adds color to Struthers landscape

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STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) — A mural on the side of a building on State Street lasted only a few months last year before the building was demolished.

“When it got torn down of course, everybody was so disappointed. But we knew we did it before, we could absolutely do it again,” said 1st Ward Block Watch President Melanie Rauschenbach.

A year after volunteers finished the first mural, they are starting a new one using an almost identical design, but on a different scale. The new mural is on the side of American Wire and Shapes on Bridge Street.

“We’re the first building you see when you come into downtown Struthers from Bridge Street, and I always thought it would be kind of nice to have one on there,” said company owner Bob Heck

Heck opened American Wire and Shapes in the past few years in a building that also was about to be demolished.

And just like the first mural, this one also features significant city landmarks.

“In talking to people, I found what landmarks really mean a lot to them and what they wanted to see, so the task was trying to put those together and make them look aesthetically pleasing whenever you would drive by and see it,” said mural designer Rachell Joy.

The 1st Ward Block Watch raised all the money for supplies.

It’s not just people from Struthers that have taken an interest in the project. Some passers-by have even stopped to pick up a paint brush.

“I think a lot of the people that live in Struthers don’t realize we have a downtown area. This is where out history began, this is where the beginning of our city was,” Rauschenbach said.

“Cities that begin to have murals and ties to art and creative elements in their communities, they’re drawing closer together and the people that live in the community have a more sense of cohesiveness and pride about where they live,” Joy said.

The group hopes to have the mural finished within the next few weeks.

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