Reader Post – Graffiti Wall in Erie Pennsylvania

Soon we will have a way for all readers to post comments to our blog. But until that time – if anyone has something vital to put forth, we will endeavor to post it for you. The easiest way to be posted of course is to comment on an existing post. But if you feel what you have to say doesn’t relate to another post – feel free to email us through the Contact Page of the main Bomb It Site. This is an email I received from Nathan Clark about a wall in Erie, PA:


Good afternoon Mr. Reiss-


The review on Tuesday of your new international graffiti documentary film,”Bomb It”, in JUXTAPOZ ART & CULTURE Magazine Online asks, “…how about some legal walls?”



Well, spanning more than the length of two football fields, this is one…



Here is a link to photos of a large work-in-process by multiple young urban artists in Northwestern Pennsylvania. They have been engaging their collective talents during the warm months in creating this striking wall art project, spraying a spectrum of colors onto more than 650 linear feet of this massive concrete retaining wall in Erie. Twenty photographs of the wall can be found at this link (progress photos posted on different dates, so please scroll down to see those toward the end, too):


This sanctioned graffiti project has created an eye-catching mural and positive outcome for a very conspicuous but utterly utilitarian concrete edifice that has graced this midtown Erie neighborhood for eighty years. Until now, that wall probably hadn’t commanded even a second glance from anyone, across all of those decades. Today, however, it serves as an example of community/business ‘neighborliness and cooperation’ in improving the appearance — as well as the substance — of the area surrounding Historic Erie Union Station.








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2 Responses to Reader Post – Graffiti Wall in Erie Pennsylvania

  1. Nathan Clark says:

    Just one correction/clarification I need to make, Jon. I was not personally involved in helping to establish that wall. I am ‘merely the messenger’.

    It was Peter Panepento, who then wrote for the Erie Times-News, who put out a call to these artists last spring to come see Erie entrepreneur and owner of the adjacent, historic Erie Union Station, Jim Berlin, if they wanted to do something cool with their art. It would be a chance to show the world what they could do. Jim (a transplanted New Yorker), Erie city mayor Joe Sinnott, the Erie Police Department, the Arts Council and the railroad (CSX Transportation) all agreed to give this a shot.

    A lot of good folks in town donated paint and other materials, and ‘The Brewerie at Union Station’ hosted a couple of fundraisers. The Arts Council gave some money, and the personalized stars in the night sky were added for $10 donations to the artists to help defray costs, but they have put
    their whole summer in without getting paid for the actual work. You are now helping to give them the chance to show the world — well beyond Erie — what they can do. And maybe this cooperative success can be used as a template in other cities around the world.



  2. tom ski says:

    check out the website for pictures and more from the artists working on this insane project

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