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Blink Cincinnati organizers moving full steam ahead with preparations

Preparations are underway for a new innovative light and art festival coming to the Queen City (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Preparations are underway for a new innovative light and art festival coming to the Queen City.

In two weeks, Blink Cincinnati will span 20 city blocks from The Banks to Findlay Market over a four-day event.

As we get closer to the inaugural event, organizers said they are moving full steam ahead.

People can expect to see different art projects popping up over the next few weeks.

One place they'll be seen is Washington Park.

That's where one of the crown jewels will be displayed, a steel throne created by blacksmith Kate Demske modeled after Union Terminal.

The piece weighs 200 pounds, has LED lights and is topped with a neon crown by artist Josh Stout.

The idea? To give people a place to sit down, take a picture, and reflect on the growing art scene in the Queen City.

Blink Cincinnati takes the place of Lumenocity.

It opens Oct. 12 with a light parade with more than 2,000 participants.

There are 75 installations, including sculptures, murals, projections, and performances.

Over the next two weeks, you'll see artists painting murals, sculptures popping up, and even trial runs of projections.

"This is a way to unite people especially right now," said Stout. "So we want to have this moment in time where we can show that the people of Cincinnati can come together as a community. We can engage with visitors to this city. This is our way to show that Cincinnati is not just a flyover state. This is somewhere creatives can come and work and be successful here."

Blink has drawn local, national, and even international artists.

Most of the artwork can be found along the streetcar route from The Banks to Findlay Market.

The festival runs from Oct. 12 through the 15 beginning with the kickoff parade.

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