The First Phase of Cincinnati Art Museum's Art Climb Opens Ahead of Schedule

The staircase will be available to explore starting at 5 p.m. today (May 7)

click to enlarge Cincinnati Art Museum's Art Climb - Photo: Provided
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Cincinnati Art Museum's Art Climb

A new project that aims to connect the Cincinnati Art Museum with surrounding communities has completed its first phase and is welcoming visitors earlier than planned. 

The Art Climb is a massive staircase that stretches from the intersection of Eden Park Drive and Gilbert Avenue to the CAM's front entrance.

The first phase of the project was slated to open on May 8, but due to expected rainfall, they have decided to make it available beginning at 5 p.m. today (May 7). 

David Linnenberg, CAO of the Cincinnati Art Museum, recently took viewers on a Facebook video tour to see the progress of the Art Climb, winding through the whimsical tree-covered staircase and noting the elements that will be incorporated into the anticipated structure.

Linnenberg notes that there are light poles that travel all the way up the staircase that can change colors — for instance, he says, they can change them all red when the Cincinnati Reds win the World Series. There will also be spaces for picnic tables and spaces for sculptures and works of art, as well as places for musicians to play. All walls will be able to light up and there is also the museum's own special version of the riverfront's Serpentine Wall along the walk. 

Linnenberg mentions in the video that the stairs do not go straight up, they wind through the woods as they worked around existing trees throughout the park.

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