Tuesday, May 28, 2013

St. Xavier College




Location: Southwest corner of East Seventh and Sycamore Street, Downtown

The marker reads:

On this property in 1831
Bishop Edward Fenwick established a college
known as the Athenaeum and placed it
under the patronage of St. Francis Xavier.

In 1840 his successor,
Bishop John Baptist Purcell,
gave the College to members of the
Society of Jesus who renamed it
St. Xavier College.  The institution evolved
into today’s Xavier University, which
moved to its Evanston-Avondale campus
in 1919, and into St. Xavier High School
that transferred to Finneytown in 1960.

AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM (To the greater glory of God)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thomas Buchanan Read


Location: 21 East Eighth Street, Downtown



Sheridan's Ride

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

Flourish



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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cincinnati’s Table



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.

Cincinnati’s Table
713 Vine Street, Downtown

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Cincinnati Venus



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.