TOLEDO, Ohio – The Young Artists at Work group has completed a 120-foot long mural on the west side of the Shrader Tire and Oil headquarters on Sylvania Ave. in Toledo, Ohio.
The artists, ranging from ages 14 to 18, are part of the Toledo Arts Commission summer program.
After projecting the mural drawing onto the side of the building, about a dozen students began painting. It took them about five days to finish the colorful scene that depicts a trail with joggers, bikers, animals, flowers and plants that are native to Ohio. Each student chose one segment of the mural, such as a Cardinal or Daylilies, to design in the studio. Once on-site, the students then followed through with their particular design and painted it on the building.
The mural runs along the Chessie Trail, which was at one time a railroad line that served West Toledo, including Shrader Tire and Oil.
In the early 1900s, the track was known as the Toledo Terminal Railroad and served a variety of industrial plants. Over time, the rail line was split into two, eventually becoming the Chessie Line. After the tracks were removed, it became a non-motorized trail maintained by the City of Toledo.
Shrader Tire & Oil moved into its current location soon after the company’s founding in 1948.
Shrader Tire & Oil is celebrating 75 years in business throughout 2023.