New ArtWorks mural in downtown Cincinnati will honor Neil Armstrong

New ArtWorks mural in downtown Cincinnati will honor Neil Armstrong
Posted at 12:36 PM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 13:45:03-04

CINCINNATI -- A Brazilian street artist is honoring astronaut and Ohio native Neil Armstrong in a downtown Cincinnati mural.

The nonprofit ArtWorks announced Friday that muralist Eduardo Kobra's piece will feature Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

The announcement comes shortly before the 47th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, moon landing.

Armstrong later taught aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1979. The Wapakoneta native died in 2012 in Cincinnati at age 82.

Kobra is known for his hyperrealism style and using colorful patterns.

In August 2015, Kobra and his team painted a mural of musician Bob Dylan on the side of a building in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At more than 7,500 square feet, the piece will be the largest project in ArtWorks' 21-year history. The monumental tribute to be located at 511 Walnut St., on the Fifth Third building's parking garage.

Kobra and four ArtWorks apprentices will paint the mural from Aug. 8-20, with a public dedication Aug. 21.

ArtWorks' 23 murals planned for this summer will bring the organization's total to 125 murals in several Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods.