Mayor Cranley announces plan to save 9 murals at CVG - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Mayor Cranley announces plan to save 9 murals at CVG

The murals at CVG to be moved for public display (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/File) The murals at CVG to be moved for public display (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/File)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Mayor John Cranley announced Monday that a deal had been reached to save and relocate several historic murals with help of the Kenton County Airport Board in Kentucky and the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners in Ohio. 

According to Mayor Cranley, nine murals that are currently located at CVG will be moved to the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. 

The murals, which were produced in 1933 by famed Art Deco artist Winold Reiss, are located in two airport terminals that are scheduled for demolition. The artwork originally was located in the train concourse at Cincinnati Union Terminal until they were moved to the airport in 1973, a year before the train concourse was razed.

Officials said that under the deal, the Kenton County Airport Board will pay to remove and transport the murals to Cincinnati, at a cost of about $2 million.

The City of Cincinnati will reportedly unload the murals and mount them on a western wall on the Convention Center’s exterior at a cost of $750,000. The installation cost will be repaid by the hotel/motel tax over five years, but the City will loan the upfront money so these great works of art will be preserved.

“This is an excellent example of regional cooperation,” said Mayor Cranley. “The Airport Board is helping us save this beautiful artwork that is so important to our local history.”

Cincinnati City Council’s Budget & Finance Committee recommended approval of the deal Monday; the full council is expected to OK the deal Wednesday.

The mosaic murals, which were made using small glass pieces and tinted mortar, depict scenes from Cincinnati’s manufacturing past. Each is 20 feet tall by 20 feet wide and 8 inches thick, and weighs 8 tons – or roughly 16,000 pounds apiece.

“This is a good deal for taxpayers while preserving these important, historical works,” Mayor Cranley added.

For more information, contact Kevin Osborne at (513) 516-1966. 

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