Tremont, OH (WOIO) - If you've driven on West 14th Street in Tremont in the past week you may have noticed the newest Cleveland mural being painted on the Tremont Convenience Food Mart.
"I was walking towards the store and the wall popped," Omar Khanfar said who manages the store for his father. "After seeing all the murals in Columbus that I see around campus and downtown, I thought we should do that."
The massive mural was finished today measuring around 15 feet tall and 40 feet long.
Khanfar contacted Graffiti HeArt, a nonprofit organization that promotes art and health in the community, about putting a mural on the front of his business two years ago.
Around that time the store was rammed and robbed which put the project on hold.
When restoration was completed was when Khanfar decided a mural would look best on the side of the building, and instead of being a message benefiting the store, he wanted it to represent the neighborhood.
"It's really about the neighborhood and the community," Khanfar said. "What the neighborhood has become is amazing, the transformation."
"Welcome to Tremont" is spelled out with letters that representing different attractions from around the neighborhood
For example the 'T' in Tremont represents one of the most recognizable symbols in all of Cleveland, the leg lamp from The Christmas Story.
"Graffiti HeArt partnered with the convenience story to identify the wall, the concept and then manage the project," according to Stamy Paul who is President & Founder of the nonprofit. "Graffiti HeArt also identified the artists and brainstormed the landmarks in each of the letters. Artists Vic Savage and Alan Giberson are the featured artists."
The mural was paid for with a donation to the nonprofit which uses the money to provide art scholarships for underserved youth through the Pre-College Program at Cleveland Institute of Art.
Just blocks from the store, and new mural, is one of the script Cleveland art sign where people stop and take pictures.
It's hoped the new mural will do the same for Tremont and the group suggested the hashtags, #welcometotremont #graffitiheart.
The official dedication and ribbon cutting and ceremony will take place Saturday, July 14, 12:00 P.M.