After a lifetime of creating their own vast bodies of work, artists Edward Grout and Tom Ferraro joined forces in 2012 after realizing what public art can do for a community. Their goal was to democratize the creative process by giving the reigns to the populations that would ultimately be the most exposed to their pieces. They wanted the finished artwork to be a reflection of the region and for people to see themselves in what they created together as a community.
And thus, the Looking Glass Art Project was born.
In the past several years, Ed and Tom have created over twelve distinct murals, sculptures, and mixed media pieces throughout western Pennsylvania and have many more in the pipeline. Every piece is as unique as the various groups participating in the Project, peppering the Rust Belt with the colorful, thoughtful, and empathetic world views of its residents.