The mural Over-the-Rhine: Into Its Renaissance, located on Vine St. between 15th and Liberty, was painted by Jenny Ustick and a team of ArtWorks apprentices in the summer of 2008.
At over 80 feet long, this mural spans the north side of a building, from the sidewalk to the back of a parking lot, filling the facade with details of Over-the-Rhine’s past and present, and adding a funky dimensionality to an otherwise blank, flat wall:
The plant life represents rebirth, and the hands show the hard work required to improve the neighborhood. Bremen St. and the Empire Theatre are symbols of OTR’s past, while Tucker’s represents the present. Is it me, or does that look like it says something else? I think those hands are Waldo’s:
Part of the Findlay Market sign, and also “fin” — the end of the mural:
As I was photographing, my new friend was spying on me. Oh hai.
Ustick is the artist behind the mural Willkommen to Clifton Heights, which employs a similar strategy of representing a neighborhood’s physical landmarks: