Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cincinnati: Charley Harper Mosaic

I didn't know that Charley Harper was from Cincinnati until I was sitting at dinner after my screening at the Contemporary Art Center and Grace Dobush (author of Crafty Superstar) mentioned a mosaic of his at the Federal Building. Only a few blocks from my hotel I made my way there after visiting the American Sign Museum. You would never know that after going through a metal detector and a pat down that this amazing treasure is waiting for you.

There are two large panels of the mosaic viewable down each elevator hallway.

Charley Harper Mosaic: Federal Building, Cincinnati

Charley Harper Mosaic: Federal Building, Cincinnati

There are two panels like this one on each side so you can tell exactly what animals you are looking at. I struggled with #38, our friend the catfish.

Charley Harper Mosaic: Federal Building, Cincinnati

Charley Harper Mosaic: Federal Building, Cincinnati

Keep your eye on the red bird #36, the painted bunting.

Charley Harper Mosaic: Federal Building, Cincinnati

Charley Harper Mosaic: Federal Building, Cincinnati

Charley Harper Mosaic: Federal Building, Cincinnati

Charley Harper Mosaic: Federal Building, Cincinnati

Panel #2
Charley Harper Mosaic: Federal Building, Cincinnati

What a treat to have something like this in your city Cincinnati.

More photos here.

4 comments:

k said...

Amazing!

gracey said...

cool! :)

dls said...

Thanks for sharing your photos of this mosaic.... I am a Charlie Harper fan

VisuaLingual said...

I love your photos of the mosaic mural! It's one of those "best kept secrets" in downtown Cincinnati, and one of my personal favorite bits of public art here.