Cleveland-area artist and Kent State University adjunct professor Tim Myrick created the original watercolor, which was transformed into an 8ft by 30ft mural in the lobby of 295 S. Water Street in Kent, Ohio. It depicts the changing scenes and history of the river as it runs south from Kent’s northern limits through downtown and past John Brown Tannery Park.
The Davey Tree Expert Company and the Smithers-Oasis Company, both long-time Kent companies and anchor tenants in the building at 295 S. Water Street in Kent, partnered with Fairmount Properties to install the mural in the ground floor lobby.
The mural highlights how the city progressed with each historic adaptation of the river. Imagery and landmarks in the scene include Standing Rock, Brady’s Leap, The Star of the West Milling Co. grain elevators, the Silk Mill building, the Main Street Bridge, Stone Arch Dam, Brown’s tannery and the Erie Depot and Pufferbelly restaurant.
A dedication will be scheduled in the Fall.