Mercyhurst Prep keeps the Erie community buzzing with the largest linear environmental outdoor mural in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
The mural generates a tremendous sense of pride at Mercyhurst Prep and helps bring our community together to celebrate what connects us, not just for a moment in time, but for all times.
It is a one-of-a-kind example of cross-generational art, connecting the Pacific West Community of the Sisters of Mercy (NyPPaW), who founded the school in 1926, and hundreds of current students and alumni.
Todd Scalise, an international artist and 1991 alumnus, led the collection of 600 submissions and collaborated with students and faculty to create the powerful content represented in the 8,200 square foot giant mural. The mural includes 177 – 8-foot panels and 24 themed pillars on the promenade between the two entrances of the building. The MPS Community Mural was paid for through generous donations, and the next chapter is still being written. You can support the ongoing mural project.
“This mural represents more than just space; it captures the unique spirit of the school and creates a sense of pride and place,” said Scalise MPS ’91, an accomplished visual designer/entrepreneur with a passion for applying art onto almost any surface around the globe. “When art is created across generations it speaks to young people and the generations yet to come about the subject, in this case the pride and spirit of Mercyhurst Prep, and can inspire communities to embrace public art as a way to enhance and stimulate their communities.
“I think the mural project is a great example of the size and scope of work that can be done when the right partners are involved and there is a value placed on engagement. Great job by all – the piece exudes pride in your values and spirit. Love it!”