On Shine

You may not know what this is …

… and seeing this piece may not help.

Interesting how this delicate stand played such a large role in our lives – but is actually less so today.

This better hint may give you an idea because you have have it in your hand.

We forget just how painfully dim the world was before electricity. A candle, a good candle, provides barely a hundredth of the illumination of a single 100 watt light bulb.” (Bill Bryson, writer)

I consider myself an inventor first and an entrepreneur second. In real life, my hero is Thomas Edison. He was a great inventor, but also an outstanding entrepreneur who was able to sell his inventions to the masses. He didn’t just develop the light bulb; he invented the entire electric grid and power distribution system.” (Aaron Patzer, Business leader)

Sometimes we don’t know what we are seeing.

… even when we see more.

Even with more we still may not know.

In time, we see the light

… and then there was more.”

To think about the impact on our lives of not only the light bulb, but electricity, boggles the mind. Shine, an ArtWorks mural, illustrates the beauty, elegance, and uniqueness of antique light bulbs as it takes us back in time while honoring one of greatest human innovations.

Interestingly, this mural is located on the outside wall of a Duke Energy electric substation.

ArtWorks is a unique non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth to create art in the community. To date, ArtWorks is responsible for over 125 murals throughout Cincinnati – which many are in the main part of the city.

Basic Information
Location: Central Parkway & Central Parkway
Designer: Tim Parsley

To see more of my posts about the murals of Cincinnati, click here.

Thanks to Resa (Toronto’s leading lady) whose posts about street art in Toronto and Winnipeg, got me interested in outdoor arr in my area. I invite readers to visit Resa’s blog (but tell her I sent you.)

PS: To the people of Puerto Rico, many of whom have lost this precious utility. I encourage readers to give to the charity of their choice that is assisting the people of Puerto Rico with their recovery efforts.

58 thoughts on “On Shine

  1. Nice one, Frank!
    It’s so much fun taking pics of murals (or smaller street art) and then making a post. You’ve definitely caught the bug! Thanks so much for the shout out, as well. I “liked” the post at about 1:15 A.M., but I was far to tired to make a cohesive comment.
    So, I’m 7 posts away from 1000. I’ve been collecting for it. A few have sent in a pic of street art. Marina sent me a gift of one of her paintings. I took it into the street and took a pic of it against brick, so it’s in! I’d like to include something from you. (all get photo &/or art credit and link) I can go through your mural posts, and pic a shot, or you can offer one. If you have a single you don’t know what to do with, as it’s not enough for a post, you can send it to me via email. Either way, I’d love you to be part of my Gala!
    Okay, think I’ll have a look at all your mural posts.
    Have a wonderful day! ♡

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    • Resa,
      Glad you enjoyed this one. I like it as a collection and the way it’s positioned … but it’s far from my fav. Then again, I’m not sure which one is! 🙂 … Many thanks for motivating me to capture this glorious murals in my area. So many more ArtWorks projects that I haven’t seen … but I also have some already in the queue.

      Being that I don’t have many mural posts, I would say pick one of your favs … but I see you like James Brown … and so be it! 🙂 Thanks for including me in your plan. I look forward to celebrating #1000 with you, so hopefully I won’t be running late with that post! Anything else?


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  2. Initially I thought of Picasso but then I saw the light. The murals are impressive set between the red brick spaces. We tend to take the light bulb and electricity for granted. When Hurricane Harvey hit we were without power for three days and relied on candle, oil lamps and flashlights. We had cell phones but they quickly needed to be charged. It is wonderful to be back on the grid! Many of those hit by the next two storms may be without power for much longer. Your post is a reminder to appreciate art and electricity. Edison was quite special as he followed through on his inventions.

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    • Jo,
      There is no question that we take electricity for granted. Ever walk into a room without electricity and then flip the light switch? 🙂 …. Thanks for sharing your recent experience without electricity. it reminds me of the 4 days we had without power …. (and I’ve done that in the winter and summer). Meanwhile, a toast to Thomas Edison!!!!


    • Debra,
      I figure I’ve shown about 10% of the ArtWorks murals … and they seem to be making them faster than I’m posting! After the post was up for a few hours, I got the idea for the PS regarding Puerto Rico.


  3. Fascinating post! It led me to discover that in 1809, Humphry Davy, an English chemist, invented the first electric light. Davy connected two wires to a battery and attached a charcoal strip between the other ends of the wires. The charged carbon glowed, making what became known as the first-ever Electric Arc Lamp. Following is where the Light Bulb ranks in ‘The Most Impactful Popular Inventions of the Last 300 Years (In Order)’:

    (1) Telephone, (2) Computer, (3) Television, (4) Automobile, (5) Cotton Gin, (6) Camera, (7) Steam Engine, (8) Sewing Machine, (9) Light Bulb, (10) Penicillin

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