Outdoor sculpture arrives at Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art Climb
CINCINNATI— The first set of outdoor artworks will soon be added to the Art Climb, the one-of-a-kind civic and arts space on the grounds of the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Of monumental stature and presence, a sculpture by artist Chakaia Booker and two pieces by Pyramid Hill Museum and Sculpture ParkThe collection will be installed in the next two months. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is the region’s premier sculpture park and outdoor art venue, located on over 300 acres of scenic grounds in Hamilton, Ohio.
Chakaia Booker’s Excluding tax LBD (2014) is a 16-foot-tall twisted sculpture made of discarded rubber tires and stainless steel. She is known for her integration of discarded building materials into large outdoor sculptures and uses various patterns, colors and tire tread widths to create her palette. This artwork will be placed in the grass at the foot of the Art Climb, near the intersection of Gilbert Avenue and Eden Park Drive.
Barton Rubenstein Skybound (2012) is a brushed stainless steel sculpture that spans 30 feet tall. Rubenstein is a modernist and environmentalist sculptor who has produced over 90 works of public art around the world and focuses on the elements of nature, including water and kinetic energy. This work will be placed on the upper square of the Art Climb, the closest to the parking lot of the museum.
by Tony Rosenthal cube (1997) is a formidable matte blackened steel sculpture measuring 9 feet in diameter and set on its corner at a seemingly gravity-defying angle. Rosenthal was an abstract sculptor known for creating numerous works of public art over a career spanning seven decades. This artwork will be placed on the highest landing of the Art Climb steps.
“Pyramid Hill is thrilled to partner with the Cincinnati Art Museum for the Art Climb,” said Sean FitzGibbons, executive director of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. “This partnership is the perfect example of how arts institutions can work together to complement our individual missions. We are thrilled to share sculptures from our collection that will be featured in such a beautiful addition to downtown Cincinnati.
In this time of social distancing, sculpture parks and other outdoor attractions are having a real time in the sun. Since opening on May 7, the Art Climb has been the most visited art venue in the city, welcoming over 120,000 visitors in its first three months.
Additional art installations are planned for the future. In its next phase of construction, the Cincinnati Museum of Art is adding an ADA-accessible ramp to connect the plaza to the Art Climb upper tier so that all visitors can more easily enjoy views of the works of art. art and surroundings. Another piece of modern sculpture will arrive at the museum’s main entrance this fall, along with part of the front arrival courtyard reimagining and front parking lot improvements.
The artistic rise of the Cincinnati Museum of Art has been made possible by many generous donors, including support from the Procter & Gamble Fund and the Cincinnati Development Fund.
Pyramid Hill is a 300+ acre sculpture park with over 80 monumental outdoor sculptures displayed in a landscape of hills, meadows, lakes and hiking trails. The park also includes a Museum of Ancient Sculpture which features Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Syrian and Egyptian sculptures dating back to 1550 BC. The museum gallery hosts exhibitions by local, regional and national artists. Pyramid Hill is also the only museum you can experience in an art cart! Attracting over 30,000 visitors a year, Pyramid Hill is Butler County’s largest cultural tourist attraction. The park is open 365 days a year (weather permitting) and offers summer programs for children, as well as many special events throughout the year. Visit pyramidhill.org for more information.
The Cincinnati Museum of Art is supported by the generosity of individuals and corporations who donate to Artswave each year. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state taxpayer dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the operational support of the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members.
Free general admission to the Cincinnati Museum of Art is made possible through a donation from the Rosenthal Family Foundation. Prices for special exhibitions may vary. Parking at the Cincinnati Art Museum is free. Normal museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. cincinnatiartmuseum.org for more information.