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