GV TEAMS UP WITH THE ADCOM GROUP TO UNVEIL NEW SHERWIN-WILLIAMS BILLBOARD

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GV is exited to team up with The Adcom Group and Sherwin-Williams’ to unveil a colorful banner on the side of Sherwin-Williams downtown headquarters, celebrating many of the city’s most beloved landmarks.

In September 2010, Sherwin-Williams installed a banner featuring a beautiful black-and-white photograph of Cleveland with the headline “Our home since 1866. Our pride forever.”  The new banner celebrates Cleveland’s vitality and amazing architecture with the title “Our Vibrant Home Town. Sherwin-Williams and Cleveland. Together Since 1866.”

“We wanted to demonstrate our feeling of pride and commitment to the city of Cleveland while taking a more colorful approach, especially since our company is a global leader in color,” said Chris Connor, chairman and chief executive officer, The Sherwin-Williams Company. “The new headline, Our Vibrant Home Town, is a powerful, energizing message that Cleveland is not only one of the best locations in the nation, but our community is one of the best locations in the world! We want to salute the world class companies, natural resources, sports teams, health care and cultural institutions that make Cleveland a truly special place for our citizens and visitors alike.”

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The new banner features the following landmarks and icons:

  1. Terminal Tower
  2. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  3. Quicken Loans Arena
  4. Main Avenue Bridge
  5. Progressive Field
  6. Fountain of Eternal Life, also known as the War Memorial Fountain
  7. West Side Market
  8. Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse  
  9. Goodtime III  
  10. Global Center for Health and Innovation
  11. FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns
  12. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Bridge #463
  13. Key Tower
  14. Guardians of Traffic on the Hope Memorial Bridge
  15. Wind Turbine
  16. Veterans Memorial Bridge, also known as the Detroit Superior Bridge
  17. Lolly the Trolley 

Landmarks such as the Terminal Tower and the West Side Market pay homage to Cleveland’s rich heritage, while the Global Center for Health and Innovation celebrates the city’s future. The bold colors featured in the banner were selected to reflect the city’s vitality.

A true local work of art, the banner was developed by Cleveland-based agency The Adcom Group, which recommended that Sherwin-Williams commission Cleveland’s own George Vlosich III to illustrate the piece.

Vlosich is an internationally known artist for his illustrations and one-of-a-kind pieces of art using an Etch A Sketch®.  Recently, he created murals for Positively Cleveland and Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino.  KSK Visual Ingenuity printed the banner at their facility in Solon, Ohio and oversaw its installation.

The banner is displayed prominently on the Ontario Street side of the Sherwin-Williams global headquarters building. For more information on Sherwin-Williams, visit www.sherwin-williams.com.

Interesting Sherwin-Williams Banner Facts

  • The banner is mixed media – a combination of illustration, paint, ink and digital.
  • Due to the detailed nature of the piece, the illustration took over 150 hours to create.
  • One of the largest Vinyl Mesh wall banners in the U.S.
  • The banner consists of 14 printed panels each 16’ wide before finishing.
  • There is a total of 23,320 square feet of printed vinyl mesh material, which is over ½ acre (43,560 square feet) and about half the size of a regulation football field end zone to end zone (football field is 48,000 sq ft).
  • 7 gallons of ink were used to print the banner.
  • Print time was 56 hours.
  • 259 grommets are sewn into the banner
  • The banner weighs approximately 1800 lbs.
  • There is 2,074 feet of welding to join the 14 sections together.
  • 322 ratchet straps hold the banner to the building.
  • Over 1300 feet of cable attach to the side of the building to support the banner.
  • 5830 average size adults could stand on the banner, shoulder to shoulder, assuming each person is approximately 4 square feet across.

About Sherwin-Williams

Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers.

With 34,154 associates and $9.53 billion in sales, S-W is the USA’s #1 paint and coatings company; #3 in the world.

The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson’s® Water Seal®, Ronseal™, Becker Acroma™, Sayerlack®, Euronavy®, Altax™ and many more.

With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 4,000 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company’s other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors.

The Sherwin-Williams Global Finishes Group delivers a wide range of products to the automotive refinishes, product finishes, and protective and marine markets in 120 countries around the world.  For more information, visit sherwin-williams.com.  Join Sherwin-Williams on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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OKCLE – Cleveland for Oklahoma City

With last year’s success of our “Cavs for Mavs” shirt during the NBA Finals, we have once again decided to create a shirt supporting the Heat’s opponent.  This year we created our OKCLE shirt to rally behind the Oklahoma City Thunder in hopes that they can experience the same success the Mavericks had last year.  Being Clevelanders, we still hold some animosity towards LeBron for the way he left the city.  Therefore we, along with many other Clevelanders, are pulling for the Thunder in their attempt to bring an NBA Title to Oklahoma City. 

Our OKCLE shirt has already been generating a lot of buzz and support, including being featured on Channel 3 local news.  Be sure to order yours now so that you can show your support for Oklahoma City while supporting Cleveland at the same time.  As our tagline says, “Won’t Steal Your Thunder.  Only Borrowing It.”  

George’s Cleveland Casino Mural in the News

George’s mural has been completed and put on display at Cleveland’s new Horseshoe casino which opened Monday and has already garnered some local publicity.  News Channel 5 recently ran an article showcasing the mural.  Click here to read the article and give us your feedback on the mural, or the Casino in general.  We would also like to thank everyone for the tremendous support and well wishes that we have received since unveiling the mural.  It is greatly appreciated.

Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino Unveils George’s Newest Etch

Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino opens today and has been generating a lot of excitement.  We’re especially excited about the opening because our artwork will be prominently displayed as a wall mural. 

George’s latest Etch a Sketch, which has been converted into a mural, showcases some of Cleveland’s biggest names.  To celebrate Cleveland’s great history as an entertainment hub, George has etched prominent Clevelanders Bob Hope, Halle Berry, Drew Carey and Paul Newman along with Cleveland sports icons Bob Feller, Jim Brown and Austin Carr as well as “The Man of Steel”, Superman, who was created in Cleveland during the 1930s.  We are extremely excited to unveil the completed version of the mural during today’s grand opening.  Be sure to check back later for updated pictures and the completed mural.

Indians Opening Day in One Week!

Opening Day is a week from today, and as of now the Indians are tied for first place. Although most talk around the Central Division has been surrounding the Detroit Tigers and their blockbuster addition of Prince Fielder to an already stellar lineup, the Indians could be a surprise team this year.

The Tribe made no flashy offseason moves. They added veteran pitchers Derek Lowe and Kevin Slowey, and added sure-handed first baseman Casey Kotchman, who had a career year in 2011. None of these names jump out as anyone who will make a tremendous impact, but by adding groundball pitchers and one of the best fielding first basemen in the league, the Indians are attempting to win through pitching and defense. We also have to hope that the team is able to stay healthy and the young guys continue to develop. If Shin Shoo Choo can bounce back from a poor year in which injuries and off the field issues affected his play, and if young players such as Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis continue to develop, the Indians could be an exciting young team to watch, as predicted by ESPN’s Bill Simmons in his recent podcast (around the 50 min. mark). The Indians offense will most likely be no match in comparison to the high-powered lineup that Detroit possesses, but if the pitching and defense can slow down the Tigers’ big bats, and players remain healthy and develop, the Tribe could hang around. Another factor that may help the Indians sneak into the playoffs is the addition of the extra wild card team. Both leagues have implemented an additional wild card team to the playoff race, which gives us one more shot at making our way into the postseason.

The greatest thing about Opening Day is that it gives us a chance to hold out hope and believe that at least one of our Cleveland sports teams can make a run into the postseason. Therefore, in celebration of Opening Day and our early season playoff dreams, GV Art + Design has re-released all our previously popular Cleveland Indians apparel along with a number of new gear for the new year. Many of our shirts will be carried in the Cleveland Indians Team Shop, as they were last year, but be sure to continually check our website, Facebook and Twitter, to keep up to the minute tabs on all the latest news from GV.

Get Your Cleveland Irish Shirt Today!

This Saturday marks the 145th annual Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day parade, one of the oldest in the country.  Cleveland is rich in Irish tradition, as evident with the longevity of its annual parade which has taken place every year since 1867 with the exception of during the Great Depression years of 1913-1935.  This year’s parade is sure to be one of the biggest with it landing on a weekend and weather reports calling for temperatures in the mid-60s.  The parade is set to step-off at 1:04 p.m. at the intersection of Superior Avenue and East 18th Street.  No St. Patrick’s Day is complete without the ‘Wearin of the Green’, so why not show your Irish pride and at the same time your Cleveland pride by wearing GV Art’s extremely popular CleveLand That I Love Irish shirts.  Orders have been pouring in, so be sure to place your order today!  These shirts are extremely popular this time of year, but can be worn all year as we are always Clevelanders and we are always Irish.     

Kyrie Irving: Cleveland’s New King

Kyrie Irving has made an immediate impact this year for the Cavs and has shown the world why he was selected #1 overall, even after playing only 11 games at Duke due to injury.  The 19 year old Irving continues to come through in clutch situations, which was evident in the team’s last two games.  Sunday against the Sacramento Kings Irving was fouled with 0.4 seconds remaining in the game and the Cavs down by one when he went to the foul line.  He calmly sank both foul shots, giving the Cavs the 93-92 win, finishing with 23 points.  He followed Sunday’s clutch performance with another impressive showing last night at the Q.  The team was carried by Antawn Jamison through the first three quarters of the game, but once again, the rookie came through when it mattered most. The Cavs entered the fourth quarter down 11 and down as many as 17 late in the third quarter before starting a late game rally led by Irving and Alonzo Gee.  The combination of Irving and Gee was responsible for 30 of the Cavaliers’ 35 fourth quarter points.  Irving scored 17 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, which included a pair of 3’s to jump-start the rally.  His no look, over the shoulder fast break pass to Gee for an open dunk intensified the comeback.

These two most recent displays of Kyrie’s ability to come up big in late game situations are just the latest in Irving’s already impressive resume of late game heroics.  On January 29 in Boston, Kyrie became the third youngest player in the NBA since 2002-2003 to hit a game winning shot with under three seconds remaining.  His driving layup with 2.6 seconds left sealed the Cavs 88-87 victory over the veteran Celtics.  This situation was nearly identical as a month earlier in Indianapolis against the Pacers when Kyrie broke down his defender to get a clear path to the basket, but missed the layup at the end of regulation, resulting in a Cavaliers overtime loss.  His ability to get to the rim showed he was a special player.  February 4 against the Dallas Mavericks was another night where Kyrie showed his late game maturity when he made a reverse layup with 15.8 seconds remaining to get the win over the defending champions.

The most important thing about all these late game spectacles is that Kyrie has restored hope for the Cleveland Cavaliers and its fan base.  After last season’s record of 19-63, most Clevelanders felt that LeBron ripping our hearts out had set this franchise back years.  However, Kyrie has quickly given the city of Cleveland reason to believe in what the Cavs are and will be in the years to come.  He is a team oriented player who has shown he has the ability to finish games late.  The Cavaliers are in good hands with Irving.  In a point guard driven league, he is the right guy to lead this team into the future.

Be sure to check out our latest in Kyrie Irving apparel by clicking on the images below.