I'm pleased to be back in the blogosphere with some visual goodies. This summer, I landed a gig as Project Manager with ArtWorks Cincinnati to create a mural in the fast-growing historic neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine. With Jason Snell as our lead artist and designer and a team of 9 teens from the greater Cincinnati area, we created a 3,000 square foot homage to Henry Holtgrewe.
Holtgrewe was a German beefcake and family man who immigrated to Cincinnati in the late 1800s, settling in Over-the-Rhine. There, he established multiple bars and saloons, and regularly performed incredible feats of strength for his adoring fans. In 1904 at Redlands Field, he shimmied under a platform on which the entire Cincinnati Reds team was standing. He lifted the team, platform and all, with his back - an estimated 4,103 pounds! His descendants, many of whom still live in Cincinnati, have many more stories that have been passed down through the generations.
The man & the legend passed into obscurity, until recently resurrected by Jason, who is deeply interested in Cincinnati's lesser-known historical figures. He pitched the idea to ArtWorks, and long story short, this is what happened: