An Afternoon in Cincinnati

4/9/13

4/9/13

On Wednesday, I met my fellow 3D classmates and great teacher at Fountain Square, and from there we made our way to the top of Carew Tower in downtown Cincinnati. This building is gigantic as I’m sure you can imagine and the interior is just beautiful. The view was gorgeous and absolutely changed the way I perceive my hometown(s).  I could spend all day up there! I would love to explore this place further.

carew

Art Nouveau decor (a personal fave)

I also took a stroll along the Path of Man located in Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, and saw incredible foliage & some amazing award-winning sculptures on permanent display. This park is unlike many parks, and it is nothing but pleasant.

hands of the lands

First I stopped by the Castle of Air pavilion. The huge polished stainless steel contemporary interpretation of an 18th-century European hunting lodge is covered in a system of mirrors, and was created by the great German architect Peter Haimerl in 2004. Munich and Cincinnati have been sister cities since 1989.

castle of air

This piece is so elegant and unexpected, planted right in the middle of the beautiful terrain. You can’t help but walk up and go in.

entrance

Side facing Ohio River

Side facing Ohio River

castle of air

Just stunning. The beautiful buildings on the hills of Cincinnati and bountiful Garden of Europe surrounding the castle are what make the experience. Nice weather and fluffy clouds don’t hurt either! The concave mirrors on the inside are a lot to take in at first, and together they create luxurious patterns as you move around.

Distortion

Distortion

After walking for about 5 more minutes down the path, I stumbled upon the awesome Seven Vessels / Ascending, Descending by David Nash.

seven vessels

The vessels are carved from giant 150-200 year old English Oak and are arranged specifically to positions of the sun. The largest one without any charring, is aligned with true south, casting a beam of light through a carved slot each day at “true noon”, which is actually 1:38 pm in summer and 12:38 pm in winter. The remaining six are arranged so there are three in the east side, and three in the west. They are each perfectly aligned to the sun’s cycle. The charred surfaces make a direct link with the nature of fire, and darkness of nightfall.

View from road

View from road

Pretty darn cool. These pieces were created in Wales, shipped to the site, and dedicated in 2003. Further comments from the artist:

“Six are not cut all the way through because I did not want to mislead people into expecting the sun to shine through the notches at sunrise and sunset. This is due in part to the hilly terrain of the region and development on the hilltops…. The proportions of black and pale on each vessel varies to match the season: December has the most night, shortest day, and the shortest sun flame. June has the shortest night section, longest day section, and the longest notch.”

Thanks for an awesome class Joe!

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