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BLINK Cincinnati kicks off on Thursday

The first ever BLINK Cincinnati event starts Thursday night (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The first ever Blink Cincinnati event starts Thursday night.

It's a four-day art and light festival turning the city's buildings into spectacles of light and color, a lot like Lumenocity did to Music Hall.

That event was so popular it would sell out. This time, the art is available for everyone to see.

And this isn't a blink and you'll miss it kind of thing.

The event spans 20 blocks from The Banks, specifically the lawn behind the Freedom Center, to Findlay Market, running along the streetcar route.

The festival starts at 7 p.m. with a light parade.

It travels from Findlay Market less than a mile along Vine Street to Washington Park.

Murals, light projections, statues, a maze of light, and other street art will be on display throughout the Queen City.

Organizer Josh Stout said it feels amazing to finally be at this point after two years of planning.

"It's kind of surreal that the 12th is finally here and this is happening," Stout said. "This has been two years of hard planning. Tim Maloney, this is his brainchild, so a lot of hard work went into this. A lot of creativity, a lot of planning, a lot of extension cords, and tons of batteries, but to see it finally come together and happen (Thursday) night is amazing."

For those that are unsure of how to approach the art, there's no wrong way to do it, according to Stout.

"It's a looping show, so they can start wherever they want," he said. "It follows the streetcar line. If you want to start at The Banks and check out what we have at the Freedom Center, that is our Sydney Opera House, so to speak. The giant teeter-totters and impulser are there. There's a giant Lite Brite. Washington Park is filled with amazing things. It's a looping show so if you miss something on Thursday, you can see the exact same thing on Friday. There's no bad spots really."

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