Here’s some fun news that we’re excited to share with you: Fairfield County, Ohio has received several honors from the National Association of Counties! Among the 2021 Achievement Awards with this county’s name on them is the “Inspiring Placemaking with Mural Art Award” — super cool! In honor of that, we’ve been taking stock of all the awesome mural paintings in our area. And there are… well, there are a ton.
We’re so proud that Fairfield County is providing such a fertile ground for artists, and it seems clear that we’re creating more and more opportunities together for their art to shine!
Below we’ve listed every mural in the entire county in several groups. We have been thorough, but listen up, locals: we need your help! Read through our list, and let us know if any are missing.
Below are each of the mural paintings you can find along the Open Air Art Trail in Lancaster, Ohio.
Here we have the mural that won our county an award with the National Association of Counties this year.
Painted by Jonathan Remoquillo and Jason Annecy, this is an intricate piece of history that truly honors the history of our county. The loving attention to detail is apparent in the stylistic pomp and tradition. The artwork pays tribute to Fairfield County, the state of Ohio, and the wider USA in addition to the individual legacy of Army Sgt. Joey Collette. A true hometown hero with roots in Lancaster, Sgt. Collette was killed in action in 2019 while serving overseas in Afghanistan. Gone, yes, but not forgotten.
Hometown Heroes is a testament to the proud spirit of our state, our nation, and the amazing individuals who go out and represent this very county.
The following are a variety of murals on display outside of the headquarters for Zebco Industries.
This is a painting for anyone who loves starry nights and the timeless melodies that fill them.
A tribute to William Tecumseh Sherman, this is a must-see for the history buffs.
Most aspiring child artists are relegated to the family fridge, but not the 8th grade art class that painted this mural!
This painting was “Built Ford Tough” for true classic car enthusiasts.
The stars and stripes, as brought to you by the Lancaster City Schools High School Art Department.
The last and the best of the season, baby!
Do you like horses? How about canals? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, you’re in the right place.
Here we have a lovely painting of the evening sky above downtown Lancaster.
The following are a series of murals contributed to the Open Air Art Trail by the artist Liviu Poleuca.
Don’t miss this one, folks! (See what I did there?)
This black and white geometric pattern is sure to mesmerize ya!
Located on the opposite side of the building from the Black & White Diamond Psychedelic Mural, Poleuca painted this one in a similar style. Walk around and check it out whenever you break out of your original trance.
I think we can all relate to being an automaton — doomed to play “she loves me, she loves me not” with a bleeding, metal heart, right…? Right? Comic illustrator Matt Jackson collaborated with Poleuca on this intergalactic scene.
What, you thought Picasso was the only one with a blue period?
This nifty alley installment is just a hop and a skip from the Lancaster Fountain Square.
Each of these paintings has a unique history not to be missed!
Lancaster’s famous native son Richard Outcault is immortalized through his pivotal comic strip “Buster Brown,” his work with Thomas Edison, and an undeniably eye-catching mural art dedication.
Back when politicians wore wigs and some even called themselves the same (“Whigs,” that is), Thomas Ewing practiced law in Lancaster before making a name for himself in Washington.
Slated for completion are two mural paintings honoring the old Gay Fad Studios glassworks company and its CEO Fran Taylor. The first work is scheduled to be finished the week of this post’s publication (8/23/21), with work on the second beginning the subsequent Monday.
We will update this section upon the second mural’s completion! Follow the GFS Facebook page for more.
Below are all of the murals along our public art trail. Enjoy!
The following are Fairfield County murals painted by Lauren Leibold.
Doesn’t this one just take you back to a simpler time? Bring on the sock hops and jalopies!
Wrapping its way around the Lithopolis Waterworks Building, this work of art is a favorite for sure.
We’ve taken in quite a few paintings so far, but hopefully you still have room for dessert!
A painting of strength and character, Leibold’s American Legion mural pays tribute to our service members and all who serve this country.
The following (in addition to the Hometown Heroes mural we began with at the top) are murals painted by Jonathan Remoquillo, or “Remo.”
While one might argue that a twenty-person tandem bicycle is comparably dangerous to not wearing a helmet, this painted PSA is cute, creative, and socially responsible. Five stars!
A word to the wise: locals and tourists alike have reported several sightings of Sesame Street’s Ernie creeping around under this particular bridge. Stay on your toes, folks.
As inspired as it is inspiring, this Chestnut Street work of art is a colorful testament to the value our community places on its foster care system. According to Fairfield County Administrator Carri Brown, the images depicted along each of its walls are based on real stories from foster families.
A patriotic painting from a Gulf War Veteran and talented artist to boot.
This mural will hit ya like a ton of bricks if you’re not looking out!
We made sure to keep this and the Ford mural in separate towns — for the good of the order.
Vroom vroom! This mural has undeniable attitude. Best steer clear.
Bremen may not have as many horse-drawn carriages these days, but it never lost its charm.
A sweet tribute to the je ne sais quoi of our county seat.
This homage to Clear Creek Country, located right here in Oakland, is near and dear to our hearts.
It’s been nearly 125 years since a canal boat came through Carroll, Ohio, but you wouldn’t know it strolling past the 73 W Canal Street! The mural at this location is based on a photo from those days. Among other historical elements, it depicts the Dick Gorhman, a historic boat that patrolled the Ohio-Erie Canal before its eventual abandonment.
Quilt Squares have been painted on barns and other structures across the county.
Let us know! We’d love to make this a definitive list of every instance of mural art in Fairfield County going forward. We’ll update accordingly, so shoot us an email or reach out on Facebook and Instagram to tip us off to any other sweet mural paintings.