Thursday, May 23, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Location: 21 East Eighth Street, Downtown
Up from the South, at break of day,
Bringing to Winchester fresh dismay,
The affrighted air with a shudder bore,
Like a herald in haste to the chieftain's door,
The terrible grumble, and rumble, and roar,
Telling the battle was on once more,
And Sheridan twenty miles away.
And wider still those billows of war
Thundered along the horizon's bar;
And louder yet into Winchester rolled
The roar of that red sea uncontrolled,
Making the blood of the listener cold,
As he thought of the stake in that fiery fray,
With Sheridan twenty miles away.
But there is a road from Winchester town,
A good, broad highway leading down:
And there, through the flush of the morning light,
A steed as black as the steeds of night
Was seen to pass, as with eagle flight;
As if he knew the terrible need,
He stretched away with his utmost speed.
Hills rose and fell, but his heart was gay,
With Sheridan fifteen miles away.
Still sprang from those swift hoofs, thundering south,
The dust like smoke from the cannon's mouth,
Or the trail of a comet, sweeping faster and faster,
Foreboding to traitors the doom of disaster.
The heart of the steed and the heart of the master
Were beating like prisoners assaulting their walls,
Impatient to be where the battle-field calls;
Every nerve of the charger was strained to full play,
With Sheridan only ten miles away.
Under his spurning feet, the road
Like an arrowy Alpine river flowed,
And the landscape sped away behind
Like an ocean flying before the wind;
And the steed, like a barque fed with furnace ire,
Swept on, with his wild eye full of fire;
But, lo! he is nearing his heart's desire;
He is snuffing the smoke of the roaring fray,
With Sheridan only five miles away.
The first that the general saw were the groups
Of stragglers, and then the retreating troops;
What was to be done? what to do?--a glance told him both.
Then striking his spurs with a terrible oath,
He dashed down the line, 'mid a storm of huzzas,
And the wave of retreat checked its course there, because
The sight of the master compelled it to pause.
With foam and with dust the black charger was gray;
By the flash of his eye, and his red nostril's play,
He seemed to the whole great army to say:
"I have brought you Sheridan all the way
From Winchester down to save the day."
Hurrah! hurrah for Sheridan!
Hurrah! hurrah for horse and man!
And when their statues are placed on high
Under the dome of the Union sky,
The American soldier's Temple of Fame,
There, with the glorious general's name,
Be it said, in letters both bold and bright:
"Here is the steed that saved the day
By carrying Sheridan into the fight,
From Winchester--twenty miles away!"
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Located at the Metro transit center at Government Square are two identical sculptures created by Chicago based artist Josh Garber. The sculptures were commissioned in 2005 by Cincinnati Metro and installed in 2007. The sculptures are made of aluminum and spiral in opposite directions, which echo the flow of traffic.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
This ArtWorks mural was created in 2011 with lead artist Scott Donaldson. The mural is on the side of Jean-Robert’s Table and features a variety of food as well as, livestock, fish, game, and even some flying pigs. The style of the mural was inspired by Dutch still life paintings.
713 Vine Street, Downtown
Saturday, May 4, 2013
This status was commissioned in 1988 as a gift to the city for its bicentennial. The statue was created by Cincinnati native Jim Dine, a graduate of Walnut Hills High School and the Art Academy. The statue is made of granite and modeled after the Venus de Milo with a twist to the body and without the head. The statue sits on a reflecting pool in Centennial Plaza on Central Avenue.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Created in 1998 by Patricia A. Rennick, this stainless steel sculpture gets its name from the number of identically folded panels or modules. It is located in a pocket park in the Brighton area, which is home to a small arts community. The sculpture can be found between Central Parkway, Central Avenue, and Brighton Place.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This stainless steel sculpture is located in Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point near the Serpentine Wall along the Ohio River. Created by abstract sculptor David von Schlegell in 1980, this piece represents the spirit of those pioneers during the expansion to the west and the role that Cincinnati played in it. The sharp edges of the sculpture are said to symbolize a farmer’s plow or a boat and sail.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By the end of the 19th century, trains became the preferred method for transporting goods across the country. With this change came the demise of the canal system making the Miami-Erie canal obsolete. The partially drained canal beds held stagnant water and became a health hazard. In 1884, the Cincinnati newspaper, The Graphic published an illustration of a train system built in the canal beds underneath a grand boulevard. It was this illustration that sparked discussion into turning the unused canal into a subway system. The first subway plan was put together in 1912. The plan called for a 16-mile subway system that would run the course of the canal, up to St. Bernard (where I-75 now runs), through Norwood (where the Norwood Lateral is now located), over to Oakley, through Evanston and Walnut Hills (where I-71 is now), and make its way back to downtown. A $6 million bond issue was passed by voters in 1916 but with the start of World War I, construction of the subway system would not start until 1920. At the end of the war inflation drove up the costs of construction and the money that was raised from bonds did not last long. The tunnels under what is now Central Parkway were completed as well as several miles of the right of way and a tunnel underneath Hopple Street. Construction of the subway reached as far as Norwood when the money ran out in 1927. A study in 1928 concluded that it would cost an additional $9-10 million to complete the subway. By this time, public interest declined and the popularity of the automobile increased. Central Parkway opened to automobiles in 1928 and the subway beneath it never saw a single track, train, or passenger.
Since the end of construction there have been many ideas as to what to do with the abandoned subway tunnels. In the 1950’s a section of the subway tunnels was converted into a bomb shelter. Currently there is a water main that runs through the tunnels under Central Parkway. From time to time there are proposals to use the tunnels as part of a subway or transit system but none of them have come to be. The tunnels and stations still lay under Central Parkway in good condition and there are still many parts of the subway system that can be seen above ground like the concrete railing found along Central Parkway near Brighton and the portals to the subway tunnels visible on I-75 near the Western Hills Viaduct.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
This ArtWorks mural located at 101 W. Central Parkway was dedicated in 2007. It features the faces of some of the ArtWorks apprentices and silhouettes in artistic poses such as painting, dancing, and composing music on a very colorful background.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Geologic Time Line is located at Sawyer Point. Set in the concrete walkway, the time line starts near the old water works building and ends near the statue of Cincinnatus. Each square of the walk covers one million years of geologic time. The walk covers the creation of Earth from the formation of the river basin through changes in life forms to the creation of the city. Altogether the time line covers 450 million years of history.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This home was built by the family of Benjamin Stites, a pioneer who along with 26 others founded the settlement of Columbia in 1788. The home is brick with a stone foundation. The front section of the home is a Federal style home built in 1835 by Hezekiah Stites Jr. but also features Greek style columns. The rear section of the home was built by Hezekiah’s son Charles in 1867. The home faces the Ohio River and is just up the hill from the original settlement of Columbia. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
315 Stites Avenue, Columbia-Tusculum
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Charley Harper was an artist from Cincinnati known for his wildlife prints. He studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and also taught there later in life. Harper illustrated many publications and is well known for, The Golden Book of Biology and Ford Times magazine. He also created works for the Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Nature Center and the Hamilton County Park district. A mosaic created in 1964 depicting the wildlife he is best known for can be seen in the John Weld Peck Federal Building.
The ArtWorks mural on East Court Street is based on the Charley Harper original, “Homecoming (Bluebirds)”. It stays true to the original work and in the style that Harper is best known for.
119 East Court Street, Downtown
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Established in 1895, Walnut Hills High School became the 3rd public high school in the city. The school was originally located on the corner of Ashland and Burdett Avenues and still stands today. In 1918 the school became a college preparatory school. The school serves grades 7 through 12 and students are selected to attend based on passing a special college preparatory examination. In 1931 the school moved to its present location on Victory Parkway. Designed by Frederick W. Garber, the school features a library, which was designed after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia library. In 1999 a new arts and science center opened on the campus and in 2006 an all weather football and soccer field was constructed. Beginning in 2010, construction began on an art music building and athletic complex as well as a variety of buildings for classrooms.
The school also has a variety of athletics programs and fine arts programs. The high school has many notable alumni and is recognized as one of the best high schools in the country.
3250 Victory Parkway, Walnut Hills