Some call them eyesores; some consider them art; but most people probably don't notice the old advertising signs fading away on the sides of buildings.
Before we go further, I need to let you know that I like ghost signs. A lot. In fact, I have a photo blog devoted to them. But, I'm not the only fan. Maya Drozdz of Over-the-Rhine is also a ghost sign enthusiast.
The five-story mural, on the side of the old Crown Brewing Company building at 131 East McMicken, depicts two workers crowning a pint of beer while standing atop a beer line reminiscent of the late 1800's. It was designed and illustrated by Keith Neltner of Neltner Small Batch.
Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact. The most visibleArtWorks projects are the many murals that brighten-up our region. Since the mural program was launched in partnership with the City of Cincinnati in 2007, ArtWorks has hired area youth to paint 68 murals.
Paula the penguin took a trip outside the Newport Aquarium Thursday to check herself out. The African black-foot penguin seemed only mildly impressed by the 25 foot tall version of herself painted on the north exterior wall of the Aquarium. The artists and young artist apprentices working on the mural, however, enjoyed seeing how their work turned out.
ArtWorks Cincinnati is in the midst of producing a "Shark Wall" mural for Newport Aquarium as part of the aquarium’s 15-year anniversary. When complete it will feature a 35-foot long sand tiger shark along with other marine life.
Downtown Cincinnati Incorporated has created an online database of public art that features the city's fountains, monuments, murals and architecture. It's all the things that DCI says make the streets of downtown an outdoor gallery on view 24/7.
The website also includes itineraries for five walking tours with a focus on specific artworks, shops and eateries along each route: