Client: Steubenville City of
Murals & Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel
Size & Medium: 45’ x 90’ acrylic
on prepared masonry
This mural was commissioned as a tribute to the local steel industry,
the economic backbone of the community.
The design includes 12 painted panels on either side of the central
image that depict the different stages in the mining and transportation
of raw materials, as well as the production of steel. Painted rust
adds to the realism of these features.
“Eric Grohe has captured in his rendering
not only the spirit of the industry, but indeed its humanity.”
Louise Snyder, Founder/Director
Steubenville City of Murals
I just wanted to write to you and thank you for your work in Steubenville, Ohio. I grew up in the neighboring town of Wintersville, a suburb of Steubenville. My father worked in the wheeling Pitt mill and spoke of seeing or meeting you when you were doing your research. We were all amazed when the completed mural "Steel" was finished. The man on the right looked so much like may father that as a child I just believed that it was him. To me it doesn't matter who it really was because it still represents my father who passed away in 1998. I grew up to be an artist/ art teacher. Even though I am in a different career, I know that when I was growing up, your murals in our town gave me hope and inspiration that our town mattered. I have since moved away from the Steubenville area but I am still awe inspired when I return home.
P.S. Thank you for your service to our country, my Dad was also a Vietnam vet.”