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The Great Lake

Artist: Ron Johnson

In the fall of 2008, a recycled glass mural, with most of the material salvaged from the demolished Two Harbors High School, was installed on the east end of the Hillside store, wrapping around the entrance. 

A stained glass window depicting a dynamic ocean scene. The glass pieces are various shades of blue and white, intricately arranged to represent turbulent waves crashing against each other, emulating the movement and depth of the sea.
‘The Great Lake’ | Recycled Glass Mural

“I believe that there is potent symbolism in water. It is elemental–all life and good health are dependent upon it. We have the good fortune of living next to the largest body of fresh water on the planet. We have a choice, we can live sustainably with respect for the earth, air, and its waters and be wise consumers, too. 

I am an environmentalist. I believe there needs to be a cultural shift to organics and sustainability in all aspects of our lives. Anything that can increase awareness of this need should be implemented. My  recycled glass mural will draw positive attention to Whole Foods Co-op and its ethos.” 

Ron Benson, Artist

Fun Fact: A contest was held by Mr. Benson to allow a Co-op Owner to name the piece. In January 2009,  the name selected was “The Great Lake,” submitted by Bonnie Summers. 

View at: Hillside Co-op