NKY public art initiative will unveil tables at Purple People Bridge picnic

NEWPORT, Ky. -- Creativity will be on display Saturday on the Purple People Bridge when a public art initiative called the Northern Kentucky Picnic Table Project will be revealed.

Seventy-three tables were created for the project. They'll all be on the bridge Saturday for a mass picnic.

"We'll open the gates at 11 and all the people who are involved in the organizations that painted the tables and bought the tables will come and have the picnic with us," said Jill Morenz, the director of community initiatives for the Catalytic Fund. 

Just a few months ago, the tables were all blank canvases. Now they feature a variety of bright designs, game boards and pictures. 

"People just really got excited and got creative, and the results are really amazing," Morenz said.

Awards will be handed out for several categories, like creativity and fan favorite.

When the picnic tables are set up on the bridge, they'll stretch all the way down toward the Ohio side. More than 500 people are expected to attend the food and music event.

This is the first year for the project. They're already looking forward to trying it again next year.

"I think it's just that art can bring the community together," Morenz said.

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