December 15th, 2015 | Published in News
Great Start! But the job’s not done.
(Above) Art Conservators examining the murals at CVG in 2013
- Temporary storage, not permanent relocation. The murals deserve a final home inside the Duke Energy Center lobby, where they can be viewed and enjoyed by thousands of City residents and visitors. The Central Avenue location is ideal for storage since the murals would not have to be loaded on trucks once the Center is prepared and funds are raised for the installation. It does not work as a permanent home.
- Damage to the murals. The idea of a glass wall on the storage structure is unsound. The ultraviolet radiation and even the visible light from west-facing exposure would cause damage to the murals.
- Lack of visibility. The lack of pedestrian traffic on Central Avenue means fewer people would see the murals. In their original location at Union Terminal, and at the airport, the artworks were highly visible to an appreciative public.
- Conveys the wrong impression. Displaying the murals in a glass box outdoors could give the impression that the relocation was complete, reducing the chance that they would end up in a more fitting indoor location indoors.
- World-class art for Cincinnati. Artist Winold Reiss, creator of the murals, rooted the heroic images in reality, connecting them to the specifics of our region. This connection explains why the murals are so deeply appreciated by the people of Cincinnati, who have donated $57,000 to the Save the Murals Fund at the Cincinnati Preservation Association.
- A legacy of preservation. In 1972 Cincinnatians rallied to save all 14 murals from Union Terminal by relocating them to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. This was one of the most successful art conservation rescues in the history of our country. It unique because of both the size of the threatened murals and because of the quality and artistic significance.
- Recommendation: The location of the temporary storage is good, the glass is a problem. We recommend that a solid wall be created in lieu of the glass to protect the murals while the final location planning and fundraising is underway.