Lake Cities Train
Henry Van ‘t hooft, a 17 year old Boy Scout from Troop 177 in Stow, worked with Main Street Kent to complete his eagle scout project in 2013. This beautiful mural now adorns the alley between Skullz Salon and Woodsy’s music shop — better known as Burbick Way — on South Water Street, and features a 10-foot-by-25-foot mural of an iconic image of a passenger train arriving at the Erie Depot (now the Pufferbelly Ltd.) some 50 years ago.
The mural titled Love, designed by Edwin George, resides on the side of Scribbles Coffee Co. on N. Water St. This project was sponsored by Standing Rock Cultural Arts, directed by Crystal Birns and painted by community volunteers in 2005.
This mural depicts a strong female who represents the stage of empowerment for victims of crime. The vignettes on either side of her depict various stages of loss, suffering and, ultimately, healing and strength. All of this is enclosed within a mandala which signifies the circle of life. Outside of the mandala, various Kent landmarks portray a community rich in history. It is our hope that this mural transcends Kent as a place and symbolizes any community worldwide where the human spirit triumphs and love does prevail.
Designed, painted and donated by:
The Arts Alive! Program of Family & Community Services, Inc., 2009 and hangs on the side of the Townhall II building on N. Water St.
From bike racks, trees, benches, fences, Yarnigami is determined to decorate the streets of downtown Kent as a selfless act purely for others’ enjoyment. Her work has been noticed by the community, but her identity remains concealed. “Yarn bombing is described as graffiti with yarn, It’s stealthy, it’s not asking for permission.”
Haymaker Farmers’ Market Mural
Elaine Hullihen was the creator & project manager.
The mural was completed by Hullihen, members of the community, art students, and vendors from the farmers’ market. Located on Franklin Ave., this mural is a great example of using public art to express our community values — in this case tapping into Kent’s green roots and cheerleading for locally grown fresh food.
This bronze sculpture is located at the corner of Erie St. and Route 59 and was designed by local artist George Danhires. “The intention of (the monument) is to show veterans that we appreciate their service,” Danhires said. “This sculpture indicates a value this community has.” He designed the monument to represent all types of American veterans through three figures. The sculpture features female, African-American and disabled veterans to “indicate that everyone who served is being appreciated,” Danhires said.
Located between The Historic Train Depot & gazebo on Franklin Ave., the images coming forth from this bronze relief sculpture survey Kent’s history from the Native Americans, to early settlers, the Underground Railroad, to John Brown, John Davey, to a city revolving around information and technology. Also made by local artist George Danhires.