Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 29, 2012.

Update #18

More Photos


A big "THANKS!!!" to Photographer Stephen Chalmers ( for taking these wonderful photos! You can see a close-up of each section of the mural, with a funky panoramic at the bottom of this post.

Stop by and check it out if have have not already because it is even better in person!  When you do, take a photo with yourself in front of it and post it here (or email it to me and I'll post it)!

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Update #17

The mural in the news!


Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to point you to two articles that were recently published about the mural.


- Charmaine

Update #16



As seen with the murals popping up across U.S. cities in the midst of urban revitalization, there is a new trend forming where mural design incorporates imagery from its surroundings, that in turn act to inform people of the city's new cultural identity. Some of these murals include the large, white bird painted on the side of a Baltimore, MD building, referring to its past restaurant occupants (fried chicken joint) via modern aesthetics, to the mural honoring the steel industry in Steubenville Ohio.  Our Metamorphosis window mural in downtown Youngstown, OH, is designed to explore the city's difficult past opening up to a better future, in an honest depiction of the city's path. Just like other urban revitalization murals, Metamorphosis uses local urban and natural icons and symbols as a way of solidifying the current cultural belief about the city. 

  The mural design blends urban skyline of Youngstown with industrial steel scenes and technology integrated with nature to show the growth and change of the city from an industrial mecca to that of a technological and soon a cultural one. The mural is designed to span an entire city block, with each student responsible for a "piece" that integrates with the whole. The students involved are Brandi Takas, Bren Munroe, Rob Marlin, Kevin Buck, Paris Chrisopoulos, Blade Birch, with installation help from Cassondra Ohlin. Under the advisement of Charmaine Banach, the students individually designed each of their sections on the computer and then came together weekly for one semester to discuss how their parts integrated to tell an entire visual story. By borrowing images from one-another, the design flows seamlessly for passers-by, or from a greater distance across the street.

A special thanks to Jim Cossler from the Youngstown Business Incubator and John Slanina for their support and help throughout the project.

Images taken by Brandi Takas.

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Update #15

The mural is completely installed!



First off, I want to say "congratulations!" to my students who spent the last several days installing the mural, and also working on the design and printing process for the last year. 

I also want to thank you for your support during the last year that made this amazing project possible. If it were not for you, there would be no mural.

Be on the lookout for more photos, as well as information about publicity events. 

Stop by downtown Youngstown to see the mural, and then puruse local shops and 


Warm Regards,


Update #14

Come by to support the students or help out!



We have some major progress on the mural! Through the cold and wind and rain during the past two days, we have been slowly installing the mural.  Two out of the six sections are complete, and the students hope to work all day today to finish up.  It is a tremendous undertaking, so stop by and see the installation in progress or to help for an hour or two!

Also a special thanks for John Slanina for writing about this in "I will shout Youngstown". Check it out to see even more images!

Warm Regards,


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