Reasons to go to…Cincinnati

July 8, 2015


When you think of poetry destinations, Cincinnati might not be at the top of your list, but the Queen City is trying to change that. CincyInk “is an interactive, citywide celebration of love for Cincinnati, manifesting itself in the form of poems, tattoos and urban art installations.”

Coordinated by the local non-profit, ArtWorks, the ambitious project put out a call for expressions of love from its citizens. From the thousand responses that came in, the Chase Public poetry collective (pictured above) crafted an 818-word poem, “Seven Hills and A Queen to Name Them.”

Lines from the poem were then translated into large-scale artworks installed at 54 sites around town: “building facades and skyways, projected onto plazas, and wrapped around Great American Ballpark and all over the bars and restaurants up and down Vine Street, Main Street and everywhere in between.” At the same time, the Cincinnati Tattoo Project attracted 263 people who stepped up to have some Cincinnati-love tattooed onto their bodies.

CincyInk will culminate in November with a celebration. Meanwhile, see it on buildings and bodies around Cincinnati and get more information on CincyInk on the ArtWorks site.


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