The Ephemerality of Art … and Buildings


Search this address on Google and you get a picture of the Emergency Medical Centre.  Well, this centre no longer exists. Cincinnati officials were anxious to revitalize and were selling up buildings in a hurry.

google pix of mural site-2 copy A developer put the wrecking ball on this medical centre before local activists found out about it. Cincy_0199

In an act of remorse and in conjunction with the Contemporary Art Centre’s Keith Haring exhibit, BLDG artist-in-residence Alexandre Farto, known as “Vhils,” was commissioned to create a scratched wall mural on the site, against the wall of the Mainstay Rock Bar on 5th Street downtown Cincinnati.

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This mural is visible as one enters Cincy on 5th Street from the I-75 from the Canadian border. Vhils likes to use the faces of ordinary people in his murals as a way of humanizing a city, or giving it a face. He realizes that his work may some day be covered by something else, or be destroyed, but he takes that as part of the ephemerality of art, like this building.

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About macconlon

Artist, activist, community organizer now working as a Community Minister for the Davenport Perth Community Ministry of the Shining Waters Region of the United Church of Canada.
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