CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The first three of nine famed murals being saved and relocated from the region's airport will be moved to downtown Cincinnati this weekend.
The murals, currently located at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) will be moved to the Duke Energy Center Saturday. The process will occur from 6 a.m. until roughly 8 p.m. and involve the closure of Central Avenue, between Fifth and Sixth streets, during that time.
"These great murals are coming home to Cincinnati," said Mayor Cranley, in a release. "I'm excited that these important pieces of artwork will once again be on public display for everyone to see and enjoy."
Produced in 1933 by Art Deco artist Winold Reiss, the murals are located in two closed 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.
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 eight inches thick, and weighs eight tons – or roughly 16,000 pounds apiece.
The three murals that will be transported on Saturday are Cincinnati Milling Machining, E. Khan's & Sons, and Procter & Gamble, according to a release.
Subsequent deliveries will occur in coordination CVG staff to accommodate the construction schedule at the airport.
A formal unveiling ceremony will take place once all murals have been delivered.
The Kenton County Airport board will pay $2 million dollars to remove and transport the murals.
The $750,000 cost of installation would be fronted by the city.