Downtown Marion is home to lots of murals. While some are obvious, you may have to look a bit to locate others. Here you’ll find descriptions of some of the murals in and around the Downtown Marion area.
Sky Line Murals – Artist Ben Kern
Located behind the Grace Harvest Church (From Center Street, go north toward Grace Harvest through alley and parking lot west of the Apex church. If you look into the west alley directly in front of Grace Harvest, there are some murals painted by Tri-Rivers students during making a difference day in 2009. Ben’s work is both on the buildings toward the end of the alley and on the back of Grace Harvest Church.
Why are there paintings of sky on this building?
The idea began as an idea suggested by Russ Kupp at a Downtown beautification meeting in 2009 as a way to fill the boarded windows with something interesting. Owner of the property and avid supporter of Marion beautification, Lois Fisher, liked the idea and commissioned Marion artist Ben Kern to paint the sky designs that now fill the windows. The following year, Ms. Fisher once again commissioned Kern to paint the field of flowers and the illusion of sky through a “broken” block wall on the building to the west of the first murals.
What does the red door represent? The red door means welcome and it represents opportunity. The sky symbolizes endless possibilities, as in, “the sky is the limit.”
Busby Park Murals – Artist Eric Grohe
Located in Busby Park at the intersection of Prospect and Center Streets.
The entire west side of a prominent building on the main street of Marion was exposed when an adjacent building was torn down in preparation for a new City park. A solution was needed to not only refurbish but to enhance this future public space. Instead of focusing solely on local history, which was amply represented in various venues throughout town, Grohe chose to create a “new landmark.”
The taller portion of the wall features a niche, in which there are four statues representing the foundations on which the town was built: pioneers, agriculture, industry, and education. They support the future, depicted in the form of a globe, on which a young woman who represents the present, points to the location of Marion, Ohio. Down the longer, one-story section of wall, one can see painted architectural elements which include references to significant local historical figures.
Merril Lynch Building Murals – Artist Dorian Traynham
Located on the North facing side of the Merrill Lynch building off the parking lot, two blocks south of Busby Park on South Prospect Street.
Joe Howard and Angie Yazel assisted with this mural which began with the little girl looking though decay around the bend into the beauty of the forest wandering what is in store for Marion next. A brief history and tribute to Marion County, Beginning with Jacobs Well, its agriculture, popcorn, entrepreneurial spirit, Presidential importance, forested beauty and even the talent of Marion’s own
Miss America, Marilyn Meseke in 1938.
The Folks Building – Artist Dorian Traynham
Located on the east corner of North Main Street at 101 East George Street. It is directly across the street from St. Mary’s Church.
The mural was commissioned by The Folks Creative Printing and was inspired by the original store front of the building, and old time barber shop, and print shop store fronts and the neighbor’s cat in the lower floor south facing window. A third mural by Tryanham, a “History of All Wars” is on the west-facing wall of VFW Post 7201 on State Route 4, just south of Marion.
Marion Area Chamber of Commerce – Artist William Obenour
Located on the second floor of the Marion Chamber building, 205 West Center Street, the murals are viewable during open hours.
The work was commissioned by Center Street Community Clinic (which used to be in this space) Director Cliff Edwards and Clinic volunteer David Reynolds, whose dedication also inspired the “Seven Tears of Joy” paintings by the same artist. The mural represents 1920’s style store windows which are reflecting the light. It is simple in detail & inspired by photographs of downtown Marion circa 1920’s which were loaned to the artist by the Marion Area Historical Society.
Other Murals in Marion, OH
Corporate Centre Mural
Located inside the Corporate Centre building on the north wall at 1199 Delaware Avenue.
We are currently attempting to identify the artist of this Spanish court yard, beautifully illustrated as though the viewer were looking out of a stone portal onto the tranquil court yard at a fountain. This mural is viewable only during regular business hours at the corporate centre.
VFW 7201 Building Murals – Artist Dorian Traynham
Located approximately 2.88 miles south of Downtown Marion on the west-facing wall of VFW Post 7201. The building stands on the east side of State Route 423, also known as 1614 Marion-Marysville Road.
The WWI section was from a pillow covering donated from a local collection. The artist father served in both WWII and Korea. He assisted with those sections. A Vietnam veteran shared ides on depicting that section. The more recent conflicts were depicted from the artists own research.
Directly in front of the mural is a Huey Cobra Gun Ship Helicopter. Its missions are considered classified.