City of Sterling Heights unveils new mosaic mural produced by more than 130 members of the community

~ On Tuesday, June 6, the City of Sterling Heights celebrated the unveiling of its latest public art installation, "Share the Trail". The cut glass mosaic mural was designed and produced by artist Mary Gilhuly of Song and Spirit, an organization that brings people of different faith traditions together to engage in creative service through music, art, education and outreach.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor, members of the City Council, City Manager Mark Vanderpool, members of the Arts Commission and community artists.

The project began in late 2019 when the city commissioned Gilhuly to design and produce a mosaic project to be installed at the newly opened Community Center. After being put on hold due to the pandemic, more than 130 Sterling Heights residents participated in 12 creative workshops to place glass tiles for the mural. The remaining tiles were put in place by Gilhuly who then grouted, polished and finished all 30 panels that make up the full mural.

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Mayor Taylor expressed his delight with Gilhuly's work saying "Mary has done a tremendous job with this mural by capturing a wonderful representation of the trail that runs throughout our City. We couldn't be more pleased, and we're thrilled today to be able to unveil another piece of one-of-a-kind public art. The fact that we were able to engage so many of our residents in the creation of this piece makes it extra special."

Gilhuly explained that "Share the Trail" not only represents one of the City's most important quality of life assets – its extensive trail system - but also reminds people to enjoy themselves safely, be respectful of the environment and encourages pleasant and neighborly exchanges with those they meet along the trail. She added that "by using residents to assist in the creation of this large-scale piece, those who participated also literally shared the trail while producing the mural together."

The unveiling marks another successful installation for Sterling Height's Public Art Program which continues to bring unique pieces into its community center for all citizens to enjoy.

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