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:
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:
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.
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.