Blink Cincinnati is an annual festival where residents and businesses in downtown Cincinnati decorate their buildings with light-based art exhibits.
This project was commissioned by the Miami University Center for Community Engagement (MUCCE) in Over-The-Rhine, Cincinncati as part of their Blink Cincinnati installation at their storefront space at the corner of 13th & Vine St. While I designed the concept for the installation, the overall execution and construction of this project was done in collaboration with Kylie Blovits and Kiara Clark.
Over the course of the 14 windows my concept tells the story of the Over-The-Rhine People's Movement, a grassroots community movement doing activism and advocacy for neighborhood's Black residents as it fights against gentrification. The symbol for the Over-The-Rhine People's Movement is the sunflower which stems from a phrase residents there live by: "our people's hope will rise and stand tall like the sunflower". I designed the windows to tell the story of the sunflower - representing the people - growing, and with it the the people's hope and sense of community grows to build a giant sunflower in the last window.
Another part of the Blink Installation happening was a video project above the mural shown here on the side of the MUCCE building on Vine Street. In addition, the mural came "alive" through animation projection. The idea that the growth of the sunflower stems from Over-The-Rhine's people coming together was inspired by this mural.
After storyboarding the design and recreating it digitally, we had the art laser-cut into panels that assembled to fit into each window of the MUCCE storefront. The windows were then completed covered from the inside with Glassine, which was painted in certain areas to filter color. Light fixtures were then placed on the inside of the window as well, so that the art was projected as silhouettes through the backlit windows at night.