The Golden Girl Mural at 13th and Race
At the corner of 13th and Race across from Washington Park, ArtWorks is in the process of creating a new mural. Through the scaffolding, visitors to the park can discern the figure of a gold woman. Here’s the scoop on this new piece of public art: ArtWorks partnered with the Taft Museum of Art on the mural and the woman is inspired by an 18th century mantle clock from the Taft Museum’s collection. The artist is Tim Parsley who has partnered with ArtWorks on murals in the past.
Here was his concept for the mural:
The “golden girl” image comes from a portion of the Mantle Clock on display dating late 18th century. To me it “feels” more musical than even the more overtly-musical images in the collection, which is what caught my attention in the first place. I believe it speaks to notions of music’s source, muse, life, etc. Expanding the scale of the figure to the size of the building, and having the music seem to alight off of the page, creates an almost transcendent or mythological source for music – like it is a gift of the gods. I intended for this image to be romantic and classical, appealing to music’s highest ideals.
Building Cincinnati reports that the Emanuel Community Center has proposed the construction of a four-story mixed-use building on its parking lot at this corner. No details yet on that potential development.