BLINK is a four-day light and art festival that will include 21 light projection mappings, a parade, multiple building murals, 27 art installations and six stages of live entertainment.
The festival spans 20 blocks, which organizers divided into four zones that roughly follow the Cincinnati streetcar route. Zone one surrounds the Freedom Center at the Banks; zone two surrounds Fountain Square in the Central Business District; zone three is the area around Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine; and Findlay Market is the focal point for zone four.
The Art Installations
The art installations play a key role in connecting all four zones. Here are brief descriptions of each installation.
HueTUBE Flow is an interactive art installation that allows people to generate acoustic vibrations and light through touch. Canadian groups Generique Design and En Temps Et Lieu created the installation.
Stumpies, by Cincinnati artist Matthew Grote, are wooden lanterns lit from within by LEDs. At least 30 Stumpies, each painted with unique characters, will line the Central Parkway median and other areas of BLINK.
Easy Breezy is a canopy of white umbrellas outlined in different colored EL lighting tape that gently sways back and forth and appears to dance when someone walks by it. Dayton, Ohio, artist Mallory Feltz created the installation.
The Kinetic Kauchii DekoSofa will travel around BLINK, coming to people where they are. A pilot – part performance artist, part safety officer – will control the speed and steer the couch. Baltimore-based Formstone Castle Collective created the couch.