Picnic Table Project bringing public art to Northern Kentucky

COLD SPRING, Ky. -- Cincinnati has the Big Pig Gig. Louisville has Gallopalooza. Soon, Northern Kentucky will have public art of its own: the NKY Picnic Table Project.

"Everybody loves a picnic," Jill Morenz said. "It brings people to the table, and so we decided to have the Picnic Table Project."

The NKY Picnic Table Project is a public art project seeking to bring together Northern Kentucky communities. The Public Arts Network of Northern Kentucky and Catalytic Fund are spearheading the project. Morenz is the director of community initiatives for the Catalytic Fund.

"I wanted to showcase how we really are a diverse group of people, but we really all come together and we're one region," she said. 

Businesses, churches, schools and cities have purchased the tables. The picnic tables for the project are being built in a barn in Cold Spring. Each of the new owners will get to make their table stand out at painting parties, Morenz said. Then they'll hold a big community picnic on the Purple People Bridge with the tables before the tables spread across Northern Kentucky.

There will be more than 65 picnic tables. 

"I'm just so excited," Morenz said. "The bridge is longer than it seems, so there's still room for extra tables on there."

There will be more than 65 picnic tables. Friday is the last day to order one. For more information, visit the project's website here.

The big picnic takes place June 16.

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