On Simply Two Birds

First of all, they are more than simply two birds – more than two bluebirds – they are two Charley Harper bluebirds.

One on the left …

… one on the right.

Two bluebirds – a male and a female – coming home

Known for his minimalist, geometric style commonly featuring wildlife in his work, Charley Harper (1922-2007) is a local artist who became accomplished and celebrated. I didn’t realize Harper’s impact until I saw his work in a bookstore of a Frank Lloyd Wright home.

Homecoming (Bluebirds) is an ArtWorks mural honoring Charley Harper. Simplistic in style, this work is for Harper and his wife (Edie) whose studios were in their home. A past post I did on Charley Harper is further below.

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
Homecoming (Bluebirds)
Location: 119 East Court Street (Downtown Cincinnati)
Designer: Charley Harper

A past post about Charley Harper

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 art in my area. I invite readers to visit Resa’s blog (but tell her I sent you.)

On a Fresh Harvest

The table is a plenty ….

 

… a bounty of freshness …

 

… filled with nature’s nutrition …

 

… delivered with vivid colors

Classic 17th century European painters influenced artist Jonathan Queen to display the products of farming through vibrant colors and dense composition. Interestingly, this mural is about the fresh produce that makes it to our tables. Interestingly, the mural is located on the side of the Kroger headquarters in downtown Cincinnati. FYI: Kroger is the largest grocery store chain in the USA.

Light sets up a visual hierarchy emphasizing area of contrast with objects in shadow become subdued. I want to give the illusion of real life or even a heightened realism. I work like a pendulum, back and forth between areas of the painting refining the image as I go. I explore how the use of visual elements can drive meaning, and I want to start a visual dialogue that viewers can further develop through their own viewing experience.” (Jonathan Queen, artist)

ArtWorks is a non-profit organization employing local youth to create over 125 through the Greater Cincinnati area.

Mural Facts
Fresh Harvest Mural
Artist: Jonathan Queen
Location: 1014 Vine Street, downtown Cincinnati
Surface: 48 ft by 90 ft (14.6 m by 27.4 m )

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 art in my area. I invite readers to visit Resa’s blog (but tell her I sent you.)

On Projecting Color

There’s a camera …

… a camera displaying colors across the building.

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At the far end of the building we find ET.

Another colorful array exists in the opposite corner …

… as well as beautiful designs behind the camera

A patch serves as a hint of the one behind the colors ….

… his face looming large in black and white … but he was a quiet man with a large place in history

The man is an astronaut in a colorful spacesuit …

… holding the camera as he stands on the moon.

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Armstrong is an ArtWorks tribute to Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), an Ohio native who was the first person on the moon. After retiring as an astronaut, Armstrong lived in the Cincinnati area for many years; including time on the engineering faculty at the University of Cincinnati.

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

Basic Information
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Location: on the Fifth-Third Bank Headquarters
511 Walnut Street (just off of Fountain Square)
Surface: 7,632 sq feet (709 sq meters)
Creator: Eduardo Korba, world-famous Brazilian street artist

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

To see other posts I’ve done about Cincinnati murals, click here.

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
Shine
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.

On a Kid’s Daydream

Every kid dreams of a party like this …

. .. with ice cream

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… and cake

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… and cookies

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… friends and happiness

… and our imaginary friends too

All for this young lady

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… It’s a good day for her.

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Ice Cream Daydream is a vibrant mural created by ArtWorks at 33 East 12th Street in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine district. This mural is full of imagination, fun and joy.

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 100 murals throughout Cincinnati – which many are in the main part of the city.

This post is for Resa, Toronto’s lady of style who also captures street art in Toronto and Winnipeg as a hobby. Resa recently declared March as Kid’s Month on her blog – so this is the first of my two posts for her celebration.

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On a Cosmetic Nude

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ArtWorks is responsible for adding over 100 murals throughout Cincinnati – of which many are in the main part of the city. Thanks to Resa posting about street art in Toronto and Winnipeg, she has heightened my interest in these wonderful works of outdoor art that is in my city.

The one mural featured in this post first caught my attention several years ago when it I first saw the nearly completed version that was covered by scaffolding. Because I didn’t know much about why this mural was selected, its color and unique style caught my eye.

ArtWorks selected this design to be part of its Cincinnati Masters series – a collection of murals dedicated to the work of Cincinnati artists. Maybe in the future I’ll put them together into one post. To be honest, I didn’t know this artist – then again, I don’t claim to be knowledgeable about art. So, I decided to do this post in the style of a famous television game show – Jeopardy!

Answer: Born in Cincinnati, lived 1931-2004, graduated from the University of Cincinnati, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati

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Answer: He moved to New York City where cartoon strips were his initial success, but after 5 years he decided to pursue painting

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Answer: The Great American Nude series brought him fame in the art world
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Answer: He became well-known for his American Pop Art, and a contemporary to Andy Warhol
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Answer: He also developed his own techniques of using metals in metal-work sculptures; such as The Dropped Bra
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Answer: His Still Life is another series – Still Life #60 is a collection of things a woman will wear – causing some to suggest these object take the place of a nude while suggesting her presence.
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Answer: His mural is located at 811 Main Street in downtown Cincinnati

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Question: Who was Tom Wesselmann?

Although this mural caught my attention, I’ve never heard of Tom Wesselmann … at least now I know. Thanks ArtWorks!

To see more posts about the ArtWorks murals in Cincinnati, click here. Meanwhile, here’s a short video featuring Wesselmann’s work … and don’t forget to visit Resa to see the urban art she has captured.

 

On Ordinary Citizens

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Here’s for another set of murals in the city. Because the prior post about the murals featured notable Cincinnatians, this post features ordinary people. As with the other murals in this series, ArtWorks made these possible.
Canal at Vine Street Circa 1900
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Settled on the Ohio River, water has always been important to Cincinnati. The Miami and Erie Canal (completed in 1827) ran through the city to link with a network of canals in Ohio. This canal also separated a neighborhood from downtown. The canal was important to businesses, thus many workers. The mural depicts workers on a canal boat on this canal.

By 1906, the canal wasn’t used much and it became a health hazard. Although Central Parkway occupies the same space today as the canal did, this mural along the canal route serves as a reminder of its importance during a different time.

Canal at Vine Street Circa 1900 is located at 101 W Central Parkway

The Cobbler’s Apprentice Plays Ball
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A Cincinnati treasure served as an inspiration for this mural. Frank Duveneck (1849-1910) was not only a Cincinnatian, but he was a well-known figure and portrait painter in his time. In The Cobbler’s Apprentice (which is one display at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Duveneck painted a boy holding a large basket of vegetables to his right side and a cigar in his left hand – to which he responds by the smoke. (Click to see the original)

This mural is a parody of the original because a baseball bat has replaced the basket and the cigar. One can find this mural very close to the Great American Ball Park (home of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team).

The Cobbler’s Apprentice Plays Ball is located at 120 East Freedom Way.

What’s Happening Downtown
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In the days before air conditioning, people kept their windows open. Then again (and whether they liked it or not), they heard much of the activity in the surrounding area

This mural is about the vibrancy in a city community depicting people coming to their window to see what’s happening.

What’s Happening Downtown is located at 1005 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Face of the Arts

One-story buildings aren’t very common in the city. As a matter of fact, as I approached and past this building, I totally missed what it offered … and I wonder how many other times I walked by. But, I finally spotted it from a block away, so I returned to discover more.

ArtWorks is responsible for over 100 murals throughout the city in the past 20 years. Interestingly, ArtWorks is a “non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise.”

This mural displays the silhouettes of creative pursuits and portraits of those who painted this mural.

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The Face of the Arts is located at 1100 Race St, Cincinnati on the corner of Race and Central Parkway – (fittingly) directly across the street from the School for Creative and Performing Arts.
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Special thanks to blogger friend Resa in Toronto, Canada for getting me to take a close look at the wonderful murals on display in Cincinnati – so I invite you to visit Resa to see what she’s captured.
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Any favorites? To see other murals in my series, click here.