Paint supply chain issues put Glass City River Wall on hold

A paint shortage has delayed the project by a few weeks
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 6:38 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - There’s been a delay on a massive mural along the Maumee River.

It’s been more than a week since any new paint has gone on the mural. The vast majority of the sunflowers are in place, but the three portraits of Native Americans still need to be finished. A national shortage of resin is drying up paint supplies in the nation.

“The long and the short of it is that there is a national shortage of resin, which is a primary component of our paint,” project manager Christina Kasper said. “We are expecting a shipment of paint next week, and I’m hoping that if all goes well, we’ll be done within the next month.”

The Glass City River Wall is a celebration of Toledo and its earliest settlers, covering 28 ADM grain silos. It is the largest mural in the United States.

The idea for the project came about after some friends took a boat ride past the silos. They saw the empty space as an incredible blank canvas. The mural began taking shape in June. It is almost done, but there’s been a temporary pause.

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