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Cincinnati Museum Center

January 21, 2011

Another stop on our 2010 holiday junket to Cincinnati, my nieces Amanda and Claire took us to Cincinnati’s old Union Terminal, which has been given new life as the Cincinnati Museum Center. Built in 1933, Union Terminal is a real monument – Rachel and I found the the mural mosaics by Winold Reiss amazing. I learned a lot from the slightly hokey but informative video here. The gentleman above occupies a place in the massive north mural.

He appears in one of three depicted narratives – the background represents the development of transportation in angular blue and gray, bucolic pre-sprawl Cincinnati appears in the middle ground, and in the foreground, if I had to guess, he looks like a farmer. Just the scope of the murals is impressive, including a handful of murals not preserved in the original Terminal now on display in baggage claim at the Cincinnati-North Kentucky International airport. Rachel snapped a couple pictures including the one below while we waited for my sister to pick us up at the airport. Reiss apparently created these figures from photographs of workers.

 

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