CORNING - High School Learning Center students, local officials and families gathered behind the Corning Transportation Center Friday evening to cut a ribbon in celebration of a massive mural the students created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of glassmaking in Corning.

The mural is also part of the Rockwell Museum’s 10th anniversary of its Alley Art Project program in collaboration with the Learning Center and Corning-Painted Post School District.

“This is the largest in scale of any of our murals. It goes up higher and covers more space than any of the others,” said Learning Center Lead Teacher Dave Quackenbush. “The real high-up stuff we left to the main artists, but every single student in the school had the opportunity to help paint the mural.”

“Your work is ever more meaningful as we as a community mark glass and its history as the center of our civic identity,” said Corning City Mayor Bill Boland regarding the students' accomplishment.

The mural scales the entire rear face of the building, and is composed of several sections honoring several major historical industries in the area: canal transportation, glassmaking, the railroad, agriculture, wine and tourism.

“Glass was and is the primary industry here and it brings a lot of people here, so we wanted to celebrate that, but we also wanted to look at the other industries about what makes life happen for people around here,” said Quackenbush.

Quackenbush said the students began the project in mid-August. Thirty-one students total helped design and paint the mural, with inspiration derived from The Rockwell Museum’s Frederick Carder glass collection.

Learning Center student Camerynn Kahl was one of them. A senior who aspires to attend Ithaca College next year to study graphic design and digital media arts, Kahl played a role in designing and painting the mural’s wine section.

“I really wanted to do winemaking because I grew up around the Finger Lakes, and there’s just wine everywhere,” she said.

Kahl said she feels “accomplished and excited" now that the project is finished.

“I love that I get to be a part of this and a part of something that everyone’s going to enjoy for a very long time in Corning,” she said.

The full mural can be viewed on the rear facade of 80 East Market St., opposite the Corning Transportation Center.