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[Photo Story] Murals Of Downtown State College

Downtown State College is full of vibrant energy and beautiful murals. Whether you’re searching for the perfect spot to snap a photo for Instagram or simply want to see artists’ creativity come to life, the streets of State College are full of art that you won’t want to miss.

A few years ago, we traveled downtown to explore the State College mural scene. However, a lot has changed in the last five years, and we felt it was time to revamp our review of the art that downtown has to offer.


“Inspiration” by Michael Pilato features some of Penn State’s most notable individuals who have impacted the State College community. This mural is one of the most well-known pieces of art downtown and is located on Heister Street.

“Dreams Take Flight”

“Dreams Take Flight” was a community project that began in 2009 and took about a year to complete with the help of over 500 volunteers.

The mural, which begins on Allen Street and spans down Calder Way,\ is the culmination of hundreds of individuals’ imaginations together in one eye-catching piece.

“You Are Loved, You Are Welcome Here”

“You Are Loved, You Are Welcome Here” is located on Locust Lane right past the Abba Java Coffeehouse. The idea behind this inspirational mural was by Abba Java’s director Sarah Voigt, and her vision was carried out by Penn State students, Nehama Dormont and Kelly Hooper. The mural displays Abba Java’s welcoming motto, emphasizing inclusivity and tranquility.

“Wild Geese”

“Wild Geese” was created by local artist William Snyder III who drew inspiration from a poem by Mary Oliver, also entitled “Wild Geese.” The vividly geometric mural showcases a flock of geese flying off into the distance and can be found in Humes Alley by Webster’s Bookstore Cafe.

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About the Author

Giovanna Lee

Giovanna is a freshman from Potomac Falls, Virginia majoring in Public Relations. Some of her passions include photography and sports, which led to her involvement with Onward State. She enjoys capturing moments behind the camera to make them last forever and looks forward to continuing photographing and writing for the OS community.
Check out some of her work on Instagram: @_glmedia

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