ArtWorks has done it again with a new 3-in-1 mural by Columbus-born, Cincinnati-based Michael Stillion. You can find it on three corners of Main St. in Over-the-Rhine [at 13th, Woodward and 14th].
Of the three collages on parachute cloth, my favorite is this goat on the side of The Woodward at Main and 14th Sts. A goat — WTF? Is it a reference to Bockfest? Note how the angles of the collage repeat the angles of the arrow-like ghost sign. At first glance, it seems completely random, but it’s actually smartly designed for this site.
I came across a similar goat collage in Stillion’s portfolio, so maybe it’s a recurring motif for him.
The other two collages overtly reference OTR, making them seem a bit more like sanctioned public art and less like acts of random street art. The bicycle is on the corner of Woodward Rd.
The building collage is on the corner of 13th St. A red-gloved hand and a blue-gloved hand — Republicans and Democrats working together to preserve this historic neighborhood? Okay, probably not.
Almost all ArtWorks murals take the form of a rectangle, usually taking up the whole side of a high-visibility building. This series is instead embedded into the fabric of the neighborhood. The scale is intimate and the placement a bit hidden, making the collages into fun finds for pedestrians. I hope we’ll start seeing more atypical murals like this around town in the future.