September 27, 2019

Sneak Peek at BLINK Cincinnati's Highly-Anticipated Installations

When BLINK debuted nearly two years ago, Over-the-Rhine and Downtown  Cincinnati were transformed. The city effused vibrant light and color, twisting through block after block. When it returns for its second iteration this year, running from Oct. 10-13, BLINK will expand across the Ohio River, by way of the Roebling Bridge, stretching from Findlay Market's perimeter to Covington. The large-scale, city-wide art and light experience will span a total of 30 blocks, all of which will be filled with projection-mapped murals, interactive installations, live entertainment — notably, AltPop band Grouplove will perform, along with tons of local bands — a parade and more. Get a peek at what to expect via mock-ups of some of the most-anticipated projects. All images are courtesy of BLINK Cincinnati. More info: blinkcincinnati.com

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BLINK's 2019 iteration will see the experience expand across the river into Covington via the Roebling Bridge. Blink producers have said that the "the singing bridge" will, well, sing, and its most predominant features — the anchorage, gateway towers, arches, spires — will be lit accordingly.

BLINK's 2019 iteration will see the experience expand across the river into Covington via the Roebling Bridge. Blink producers have said that the "the singing bridge" will, well, sing, and its most predominant features — the anchorage, gateway towers, arches, spires — will be lit accordingly.

"re:FRACTION" will be the "first ever architectural surface mapping projection of its kind," according to a press release. BLINK-goers can catch this installation unfurling in the downtown's center. Presented by Fifth Third Bank, Fountain Square will be awash with immersive art sparked by light, color, animation and sound — even Fountain Square's iconic "Genius of Water" statue will be involved.

"re:FRACTION" will be the "first ever architectural surface mapping projection of its kind," according to a press release. BLINK-goers can catch this installation unfurling in the downtown's center. Presented by Fifth Third Bank, Fountain Square will be awash with immersive art sparked by light, color, animation and sound — even Fountain Square's iconic "Genius of Water" statue will be involved.

Take a seat on a bike and paddle like mad for "Lightbattle." Sponsored by UC Health and Red Bike, this interactive installation invites visitors to out-cycle their opponents. As you pedal, an arch of light will expand until the winner is showered in "a dazzling waterfall of light."

Take a seat on a bike and paddle like mad for "Lightbattle." Sponsored by UC Health and Red Bike, this interactive installation invites visitors to out-cycle their opponents. As you pedal, an arch of light will expand until the winner is showered in "a dazzling waterfall of light."

Twenty-seven feet high and 15,000 pounds of painted steel adorned with over 25,000 individually addressable LED lights — which, when lined up, would stretch to nearly one mile — make up the "Rainbow Bridge." Sponsored by Procter & Gamble and individual donors from both the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Twenty-seven feet high and 15,000 pounds of painted steel adorned with over 25,000 individually addressable LED lights — which, when lined up, would stretch to nearly one mile — make up the "Rainbow Bridge." Sponsored by Procter & Gamble and individual donors from both the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Architects of Air's ever-popular luminarium, which took up residence at Washington Park in 2017, will return this year. In BLINK's initial run, the giant inflatable, maze-like structure — "Katena" — was also the only ticketed attraction. This year's version, "Dodecalis" will be a world premiere. Sponsored by Macy's, expect to explore a similar light-filled, alien-like world.

Architects of Air's ever-popular luminarium, which took up residence at Washington Park in 2017, will return this year. In BLINK's initial run, the giant inflatable, maze-like structure — "Katena" — was also the only ticketed attraction. This year's version, "Dodecalis" will be a world premiere. Sponsored by Macy's, expect to explore a similar light-filled, alien-like world.