A new mural at the Dayton Mall, "Love of Home," is hoping to inspire residents of Dayton to give love after the tragedies of the previous year.

New mural at mall paints love into Dayton’s hardships

A new mural at the Dayton Mall is celebrating the love of home. More specifically, the love that the residents of Dayton have for their city. 

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The mural, called “Love of Home,” was fittingly completed on Friday, Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day. Shoppers will now be able to stop and admire these two large murals on the mall’s second level near JCPenney. 

The mural was designed by Aaron Queener and painted by Cincinnati artist Nick Scrimenti.

A new mural at the Dayton Mall, "Love of Home," is hoping to inspire residents of Dayton to give love after the tragedies of the previous year.

“As everyone in our community knows, this past year has been a tough year for Dayton,” said Tony Scrimenti, the business side of mural artist Nick Scrimenti’s business, Mural N Sign Painting. “The one thing that everyone could use is love. This piece, designed by Aaron Queener and painted by Nick Scrimenti, is the visual representation of this notion.”

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A new mural at the Dayton Mall, "Love of Home," is hoping to inspire residents of Dayton to give love after the tragedies of the previous year.

The mural was designed to include the visual motif of the giving hand repeated in a pattern that eventually leads to the ultimate message, written in large letters: “Give Love.” The piece also incorporates the wise words of one Dayton legend. Painted into the corner of the mural is poet Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “A Toast to Dayton” that includes perhaps the line that inspired the overall theme of the piece: 

“Love of home, sublimest passion 

That the human heart can know!”

A new mural at the Dayton Mall, "Love of Home," is hoping to inspire residents of Dayton to give love after the tragedies of the previous year.

The mural’s painter, Nick Scrimenti, has been painting murals in Ohio and surrounding states for the past 11 years. He has done work for Rhinegeist, Kroger headquarters, the city of Hamilton and so much more. For Scrimenti, art is something that bears a special kind of healing power — especially in trying times.

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“Art has the power to bring people together,” said Nick Scrimenti. “It was so funny how many people were coming up to me as I was painting the mural, wanting to know more about it and to just talk. I think that art creates conversation and brings all of us together.”

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