A Perfect Day in College Hill by Scott Donaldson

A Perfect Day in College Hill by Scott Donaldson

A Perfect Day in College Hill is a large-scale mural in the College Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, designed by Scott Donaldson and painted by him and a group of teen ArtWorks apprentices.

The mural pays homage to the neighborhood being home to some of the earliest weather-tracking systems in the US and, typical of Donaldson, includes tons of locally specific references as well. Above, a rooster symbolizes the area’s farmers’ market.

Below, the big dipper honors College Hill’s role in the Underground Railroad, and the graduation caps represent the seven local schools for which the neighborhood was named:

A Perfect Day in College Hill by Scott Donaldson

A Perfect Day in College Hill by Scott Donaldson

This weathervane symbolizes family and a supportive community:

A Perfect Day in College Hill by Scott Donaldson

A Crosley automobile and a flying pig:

A Perfect Day in College Hill by Scott Donaldson

And this one? I have no idea. The official mural description doesn’t explain it:

A Perfect Day in College Hill by Scott Donaldson

A Perfect Day in College Hill by Scott Donaldson

The mural faces the parking lot in front of Fern, an absolutely delightful shop housed in an old gas station, that sells a well-edited selection of home goods as well as ceramic planters and other garden-related supplies:

Fern

Scott Donaldson is a powerhouse when it comes to Cincinnati murals: he’s responsible for the one on the side of Jean Robert’s Table downtown, the Emmanuel Center in Over-the-Rhine and, my favorite, Campy Washington in Camp Washington. He’s also an accomplished portraitist, by the way.

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