October 10, 2018

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival

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
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A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger

A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival
Hailey Bollinger