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Dream big & Fly high.

I ran out to get something for lunch. (I got a caesar salad from MidiCi at Race and Sixth Streets. It was really good.) On my way back to the office, I noticed this new-to-me mural for the very first time…

I don’t if it’s really a true mural though. It kind of looked like it was painted on board or some sort of substrate and then mounted to the building’s facade. Nonetheless, it’s pretty neat. 😀🖌️🎨🐷❤️

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My last day at Deskey.

After six years, today was my last day at Deskey. This is what my office looked like at the end of last week before I accepted the offer for my new position…

And here’s what it looked like this morning…

I’m going to miss being able to see Carew Tower out of my office window…

I’m not going miss that terrible ArtWorks mural of the pale lady staring at me all day…

I’m really going to miss watching the construction across the street take shape…

You know it’s time to move on when that’s the thing you’re really going to miss the most…

Thanks for a good six years, Deskey. Best wishes for your continued success. Say what you will, it’s definitely been an experience…

Turning the page, and onto the next chapter. We’ll be staying in Cincinnati. I’m joining the Midwest office of the Grey Group as a Senior Designer. I’m sooo excited about this new adventure.  My first day will be next Wednesday. 😀👋❤️

Mural, mural on the wall.

How cool is this new mural on the side of the Algin Furniture on Eighth Street?

It’s pretty cool that Algin has been using their wall for rotating murals. The last one was titled You hold the key.” This one is artist Joshua Stout and celebrates Cincinnati’s own little rockstar hippo, Fiona. Taken with Instagram. 😀🖌️🎨❤️

Winding down another work week.

I’m packing up my workspace and calling it a week. I’m heading home for a three-day weekend. They gave us Monday off for a holiday shopping day. And they gave us a nice holiday bonus for our shopping. So that’s pretty nice. 😀💻❤️

Mural, mural on the wall.

How cool is the long mural on Gano Street downtown that’s on the side of the 21c Museum Hotel?

Usually whenever I walk by there is always a delivery van parked right in front of it. I think was the first time I walked by and could finally check it out unobstructed. Well done to the artists, @j_r_ustick and @kiikcreate

😀🖌️🎨❤️

Northside Saturday.

We didn’t do a lot today. It was unseasonably warm. It was in the mid-60s. Really nice. But it was crazy windy. We took advantage of it being so nice outside and walked down to Boswell’s Alley for lunch…

Genifer woke up with a hankering for Bos Bites. And I woke up wanting a Super Grill. So we had another really great Boswell’s lunch. Afterwards, we noticed this mural on the side of a building on Blue Rock Road just kitty-corner to Urban Artifact…

Humble Monk Brewing Company, formerly Rabbit Hash Brewery is coming sometime soonish to Northside. On our way home, we stopped at Higher Gravity for a beer and the second half of the Michigan-Wisconsin game. And then we came home. It was a pretty nice Saturday afternoon in Northside. 😀❤️

You hold the key.

You Hold the Key is a community awareness and engagement campaign aimed to promote dialogue and inspire empathy around the issue of homelessness in Greater Cincinnati through public art.

 Today, I saw some of the You Hold the Key artworks along Eighth Street on my way to pick up something for lunch…

 ArtWorks transformed people and places through investments in creativity. Each year, ArtWorks employs local youth and professional artists to create community impact across our region. 2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the ArtWorks mural program. They believe our city is a gallery and are proud of the 100+ murals in 37 Cincinnati neighborhoods and 7 nearby cities which celebrate our history, heroes and legends, to date.

ArtWorks is expanding its strategic focus to support the awareness and advancement of key regional issues by partnering with organizations working on the front-lines of these issues, to create community dialogue through art. ArtWorks’ social art practice hinges on the power of art and art-making to serve as a catalyst to promote health and wellness, spark conversation and invoke empathy.

Visit YouHoldTheKey.org for more information. 😀🏡❤️

Seen and noted.

Walking back down Court Street, I stumbled across one of the most amazing Artworks murals I’ve seen yet. It’s a mural paying homage to Cincinnati’s rich toy history

Cincinnati Toy Heritage celebrates “the legacy of Kenner Toys, a Cincinnati-based toy company founded in 1947, in this work of art which showcases some of the most popular toys that were designed by the company.” Artworks has done some amzing, incredible murals. It’s just really a shame I have to look at this one all day at work. :/

And on my way back to work, I noticed this crude little drawling on the side of one of the buildings on Walnut Street…

It’s nowhere near as elaborate as the Artworks mural but every bit as entertaining. 🙂

Downtown details.

The Eduardo Kobra/Artworks mural on Walnut Street has been completed

Hands down, it’s one of my favorite Artworks murals. 🙂

Kobra in Cincy!

World-famous muralist Eduardo Kobra is turning the once bare facade of the Fifth Third Bank parking garage on Walnut Street into a public masterpiece. The mural pays tribute to Ohioan Neil Armstrong – whose “one giant leap for mankind” will forever be remembered as a moment of breathtaking awe. From ArtWorks website…

Neil Armstrong was a humble leader who inspired generations of students, explorers and innovators. Tune in over the next two weeks as Eduardo Kobra (fresh off of completing a record breaking mural for the Rio Olympics), works alongside Artworks local artists and youth Apprentices to bring his vision to life.

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Really cool stuff! A public dedication will be held on Sunday, August 21 at 2 pm. 🙂

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