Artworks, a non-profit arts organization, is celebrating their 100th mural since their program began in 2007. Several murals have been painted throughout the summer, but the 100th mural was specifically dedicated to honor the late Ezzard Charles. Charles was a World Heavyweight champion, inductee of the International Boxing Hall, a jazz musician and a Cincinnati native that was widely respected. Christine Carli, the director of communications at Artworks, said that Charles was chosen because of his “rich history in sports and Cincinnati and because he has so many ties to so many famous Cincinnatians, including Theodore Berry.”
The mural is located on 1537 Republic Street and painting began in June. The mural is to be completed sometime this month and there will be a celebration for its dedication. The mural will be titled, The Cincinnati Cobra and will be a part of the Cincinnati Legends murals.
The lead artist working on the Charles mural will be Jason Snell from the design house, We have Become Vikings. Last year he designed the Cincinnati Legends mural that was dedicated to Henry Holtgrewe. The Charles mural will look more figurative and less illustrative compared to the Holtgrewe mural, which can be seen on Vine between 13th and 14th street.
If you are interested in learning more about Artworks murals you can participate in their weekend walking tours. They are led by Artworks volunteers and young Apprentice mural painters. The tours are meant to educate and entertain by sharing the inside stories on how the large-scale murals came to life. Tickets can be purchased on Artworks website.
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Image: A preview of what The Cincinnati Cobra mural will look like. Photo credit: cincinnati.com.