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Take a walking tour of the amazing street art that decorates downtown Cincinnati and beyond.

Take a walking tour of the amazing street art that decorates downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

The Cobbler’s Apprentice Plays Ball  This mural was inspired by one of Cincinnati’s most treasured painters Frank Duveneck and one of his most beloved paintings,   “The Cobbler’s Apprentice.”  The artists reinterpreted the original painting with a twist by adding a baseball bat, drawing inspiration from the proximity to the nearby riverfront stadium and Cincinnati’s important role in the history of baseball as the first professional American team.

The Cobbler’s Apprentice Plays Ball - Frank Duveneck @ The Banks, Cincinnati

Taken to the extreme, illusory texture can so resemble reality that a deception occurs. By replicating architectural  details, Richard Haas created an amazing dialog between illusion and reality in Trompe l'oeil,the French term meaning   "to fool the eye," can become simply an exercise in technical virtuosity, or it can significantly alter our understanding"of reality.  In large scale, as on a city wall, a trompe l'oeil painting can actually appear to extend an archetectural space.

Building mural in downtown Cincinnati. A wonderful example of Trompe L'oeil painting technique. I once saw a drunk guy "attempt" to walk up the steps.

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