Todd Scalise


Higherglyphics, the work of artist Todd Scalise (b. 1972), is a permanent, four-story mural that presents a regional timeline extending from prehistory to the present, with historical references from the Erie region. The bold, stylized, unified design flows from the basement to the third floor.

Each level of the mural explores a different aspect of local history, with some recurring themes. Look for portraits of local heroes including Pat Monahan, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Sharon Stone, Oliver Hazard Perry, Daniel Dobbins, H.O. Hirt, John Kanzius and Joe Root.

The basement level “We are Lake Erie” begins with one of the recurring themes of the mural, a strand of DNA. “Raccoon Nation,” the first floor landing, shows symbols of the Eriez Indians, whose name means “raccoon people.” Between the first and second floors is the building of Oliver Hazard Perry’s “Fleet in the Wilderness.” “Erie P( )P” references Erie’s consumer culture. “Incubation Innovator” pays homage to key innovators from Erie, and on the top level, “The Return of Quetzalcoatl” is a time capsule of 2012.

A variety of related merchandise is available in the Gift Shop.