This past summer Pete Zaphiris, Principal and Sole Owner of Great Lakes Insurance Services Group, was approached by Patrick Fisher, Director of Erie Arts & Culture, who had a plan to bring muralists to downtown Erie and connect them with business owners who were active in the community revitalization going on. Patrick knew he couldn’t do this alone so he sought the help of Iryna Kanischeva an urban art curator who actually made the decision to hire the muralist Zedz to create a design for the building at 121 West 12th Street, Erie, PA because she thought his style would fit the block design of the building.
It is safe to say Iryna was correct in her thought process. The mural has now garnered interest both domestically and now abroad. No one thought the mural \would get the attention it has. Zedz later dubbed the mural ‘Erie’ a fitting name that has now captured momentum going on in a city that was once lost.
Linked below are both articles and some photos of the mural!