The Hands That Built This City by Jenny Ustick

The Hands That Built This City by Jenny Ustick

The Hands That Built This City is one of this summer’s new ArtWorks murals, located on the walls of the Duke Energy Center at Elm and 6th Sts. in downtown Cincinnati.

Jenny Roesel Ustick led a team of teen apprentices in the painting of this massive trompe l’oeil mural. The 40 painted panels mimic the glass mosaic murals that were designed for Union Terminal, Cincinnati’s amazing Art Deco treasure:

Cincinnati Union Terminal

Cincinnati Union Terminal

The above mural is still in the rotunda at Union Terminal. Several others are currently installed at the airport, in terminals that are scheduled to be demolished in 2015, and an effort is underway to move them to the Duke Energy Center.

The hands depicted in the panels are a combination of details of the mosaics and contemporary images based on the hands of convention center employees and apprentices who worked on the mural:

The Hands That Built This City by Jenny Ustick

The Hands That Built This City by Jenny Ustick

This huge mural decorates the northeast corner of the building, which is otherwise a plain wall with little detail. The entire intersection holds very little visual interest for a pedestrian, so the mural definitely makes an impact.

The Hands That Built This City by Jenny Ustick

The main entrance to the convention center is down the street and features one of ArtWorksQueen City Art Racks, the Humanity Outpost Marker by Edward Casagrande:

Humanity Outpost Marker Bike Rack by Edward Casagrande

Inside on the second floor you can find yet another ArtWorks project, the mixed-media assemblage Once Upon the River by Tina Westerkamp:

Once Upon the River by Tina Westerkamp

Jenny Ustick has designed and painted other ArtWorks murals in Cincinnati: Over-the-Rhine: Into Its Renaissance on Vine St., Wilkommen to Clifton Heights on Wheeler St., and also All You Can Imagine Is Real on Carll St. in North Fairmount.

She also led the painting of two murals designed by other artists: The Singing Mural by C. F. Payne in the West End and Homecoming [Bluebirds] by Charley Harper in downtown Cincinnati.

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