Charley Harper's Space Walk
Video by We Have Become Vikings
Thanks to Brett Harper, Todd Oldham, The City of Cincinnati, The Duke Energy Convention Center, Convention Facilities Authority, John and Marcia Koverman, We Have Become Vikings, Artworks, Marty Spitfly, Chip Doyle, Peter Barton, Tony Longoria, CR Architecture, Downtown Cincinnati, Graybach, Brandon Hickle and Jake Staubitz
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Since 1987, a part of Cincinnati’s cherished artistic history has been hidden away…waiting for the day it could be shared again.
After his time attending and then teaching at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Charley Harper established his “minimal realism” style that would later serve as inspiration to countless contemporary artists and art fans around the world.
As one of Cincinnati’s first notable public artists, Harper’s murals and posters helped form the foundation for a Cincinnati public art movement that has received national attention.
In 1970, Harper was commissioned to create a mural that would become one of the only
non-representational images he would create.
It was an abstract constellation made up of 30,000 tiles inspired by Neil Armstrong’s first historic steps on the moon, titled “Space Walk.”
17 years later, Harper still did not have the national acclaim he does today, and during a Convention Center renovation, the mural was covered and hidden away for nearly thirty years.
As part of a $5 million convention center upgrade, the 1970 mural, estimated to be worth $1 million and in good condition, has been carefully uncovered, meticulously restored and gladly shared once again with the public.
It’s not often that you’re given the opportunity to see something for the first time, again.
Thanks to the City of Cincinnati, Duke Energy Convention Center and the Charley Harper Estate, this public art treasure will again be available to be enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come.