ArtWorks to Dedicate New Light Sculpture Installation on Avondale Walking Trails

"Switch On Avondale" is a new public art installation of 13 art-lights set along the walking trails behind the Hirsch Recreation Center.

Matthew Grote's "Sunflowers" rendering - Photo: ArtWorks
Photo: ArtWorks
Matthew Grote's "Sunflowers" rendering

Tonight, ArtWorks is dedicating a new community art project — and it isn't a mural.

"Switch On Avondale" is a new public art installation set along the walking trails behind the Hirsch Recreation Center. The 13 permanent works will be lit tonight and those who attend will be given a self-guided map of the trails and other nearby public art to explore.

"Switch On Avondale was guided by the Avondale Quality of Life plan. These works are colorful, community-driven sculptural installations that increase safety and promote healthy activity along Hirsch Recreation Center’s new walking trails," says ArtWorks.

Local artists Calcagno Cullen and Matthew Grote designed the light-works and a jury voted for their favorites.

Grote's “Sunflowers” are solar-powered lights and inspired by kente cloth. "Each flower has a center designed with community members from Avondale," says ArtWorks.

Cullen's “What We Need to Hear” features inspirational quotes from Avondale residents, crafted in a neon flex material. 

The Avondale Branch of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library will also lead a Story Walk during tonight's dedication event: "an innovative way to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time where laminated pages from children's books are attached to wooden stakes and installed along the outdoor path," says ArtWorks.

The dedication takes place 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. The Hirsch Recreation Center is located at 3630 Reading Road, Avondale. 

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