Friday, June 22, 2012

Homage to Cincinnatus

The namesake of the city, Cincinnatus was a farmer who was called to power in the 1st Century BC.  As the Roman dictator, he helped defend Rome against Aequi.  Once the threat to Rome was defeated, he gave up power and returned to his farm.

Homage to Cincinnatus is a mural by artist Richard Haas and was commissioned by The Kroger Company in 1983 to celebrate their centennial.  The mural is located on the side of the Brotherhood Building and uses a technique called trompe l'oeil, French for trick of the eye.  The mural depicts a Roman Temple with a sculpture of Cincinnatus at the base of a Baroque staircase.  From a distance the mural has a 3D feel to it and the staircase looks as if it is coming out of the side of the building.  At first glance it is difficult to distinguish between the windows that are real and the ones that are painted.  The same goes with the doors at the base of the mural.

Homage to Cincinnatus
Central Parkway and Vine Street, Downtown

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