In fall of 2017, Cincinnati was transformed into a "future city" filled with light displays and art events from The Banks to the edges of Over-the-Rhine.
The word blink is a simple, straightforward term meaning to shut and open your eyes quickly. But it has numerous connotations: a momentary gleam of light, a flash, a flicker, a sparkle, a glimmer or a shimmer. It took on added meaning last year during a new, free and attention-grabbing four-day Cincinnati event that cost $3 million to stage.
BLINK was one of the largest, most innovative light and art events in the nation, featuring large-scale projection mapping familiar to Cincinnatians who attended the wildly popular Lumenocity event produced in Washington Park from 2013-2015 plus light-based sculptures and installations, a parade, murals, interactive art and performances.
This year, the popular light and art festival which Brave Berlin produced and which saw a million visitors last year will spread across the Roebling Suspension Bridge into Covington.
For those of you who missed the first festival, have no fear. Cincinnati will host another BLINK
this Oct. 10-13.
Here's a look at everything we saw at the inaugural festival.
A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Photos by Hailey Bollinger