Rose Window during BLINK
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Music Hall Sparkles During BLINK 2019

by Holly Brians Ragusa
writer, communications consultant, Friends of Music Hall board member

 

She BLINKED! Music Hall shone bright during BLINK!

For four nights, Cincinnati was enraptured and bedazzled with the incredible light displays of BLINK. This incredible event anticipated 1.5 million people to share in the sense of wonder and community that once before, in 2017, graced the streets of downtown Cincinnati and OTR.

Memorial Hall, BLINK 2019
Memorial Hall, BLINK 2019

This year the event spilled across the river on a glowing and musical bridge to extend the splendor into Covington.

 

Not to be outdone, the Hunter’s Moon shone down all four nights with her mighty clarity in the inky sky.

The Hunter's Moon shines over the Architects of Air exhibit at BLINK 2019
The Hunter’s Moon is bright as it hovers over the Architects of Air exhibit at BLINK 2019

Buildings and murals across the city sparkled and seemingly moved under the impressive projection mapping that stopped crowds in their tracks at street corners all over town.

Mural on Central Parkway, BLINK 2019
Mural on Central Parkway, BLINK 2019

ArtsWave, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin and AGAR each brought some incredible talent and resources to BLINK and many Cincinnati companies championed this long weekend event.

The Star of Elm Street

This BLINK, Music Hall spun her own sparkle into Elm Street and onto the masses that passed under her as they gazed up from street curbs and Washington Park. No building had quite the effect of dazzling beauty and timeless affect as Music Hall.

Cincinnati Music Hall sparklng in red, white and blue for BLINK 2019
Cincinnati Music Hall sparklng in red, white and blue for BLINK 2019

The rose window came alive under the wonderful lights created and manned by imaginative CAA staff, led by Music Hall Technical Director Gary Kidney.

Music Hall Manager Scott Feldman provided this photo showing how the effect was achieved. You’re looking at the back of the Rose Window, which, by the way, is many many flights of steps up in Music Hall.

Behind the Scene of the Rose Window. Image courtesy Scott Feldman
Behind Music Hall’s Rose Window. Image courtesy Scott Feldman
Gary and his team found an old mirror ball once used in the ballroom. They built a motor to rotate it, which resulted in the gorgeous, glittery effect.

Cincinnati Music Hall at dusk, lighted for BLINK 2019
Cincinnati Music Hall at dusk, lighted for BLINK 2019

The weekend saw streams of visitors into the lobby of Music Hall where the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra brought an auditory experience of crickets into the lobby and a film looped for all to enjoy in the gorgeous Springer Auditorium.

The foyer of Cincinnati Music Hall during BLINK 2019
The foyer of Cincinnati Music Hall during BLINK 2019

However, it was the Over-the-Rhine Artistic Anchor that cast wide her welcoming shadow into Washington Park. Music Hall.

Cincinnati Music Hall shows its colors during BLINK 2019
Cincinnati Music Hall shows its colors during BLINK 2019

Through her park-facing glass, she oversaw the installation of a central feature of BLINK, the inflatable wonder of Architects of Air. If windows could speak, the joy that Music Hall stood witness to this weekend surely stood above the rest.

 

Architects of Air for BLINK 2019 in Washington Park, as seen from inside Music Hall
Architects of Air for BLINK 2019 in Washington Park, as seen from inside Music Hall
Inside the Architects of Air - photo provided by Alek Lucke
Inside the Architects of Air – photo provided by Alek Lucke

 

Three photos from inside Architects of Air, provided by Alek Lucke
Three photos from inside Architects of Air, provided by Alek Lucke

The Queen and the Art of BLINK

Almost 24,000 visitors passed through the front doors of Music Hall. On Saturday, October 13th alone, over ten thousand guests were welcomed into this historic structure, sharing her unique beauty and her stories with the public.

BLINK gave Cincinnati a chance to show off its best and the city didn’t disappoint! Friends of Music Hall rallied to the warm lights and open doors of this remarkable icon, languorously situated on and wrapping the over-sized city block of Elm and 14th Street to Central Parkway.

Cincinnati Music Hall, bathed in blues for BLINK 2019
Cincinnati Music Hall, bathed in blues for BLINK 2019
Yes, Music Hall BLINKED and we all took notice. If you were there, you certainly saw her at her best.