CINCINNATI -- Imagine if you could see the sunset each day from different perspectives, viewpoints and neighborhoods in Cincinnati? That’s exactly what artist C. Jacqueline Wood has set out to do.
City Shine, a project of ArtWorks, and in partnership with FotoFocus is seeking community participation to capture sunsets taken in the Cincinnati area during the month of August for a crowdsourcing and visual mapping project.
Participation is easy and everyone is welcome to join in – no photography skills, fancy camera or pre-planning required.
Wherever you are in the Greater Cincinnati region, simply take a photo or video of the sunset as you see it and submit your photo with the date and location by using the hashtag #CityShine2016 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or by uploading your photo on city-shine.com to contribute to the project.
Content taken during August 2016 in the Tri-State area will be accepted each day until Aug. 31. All image qualities will be accepted and all participants will be recognized.
The conclusion of City Shine will be a composite video installation using the crowdsourced images to represent one moment in time from multiple perspectives. Like the public art murals that ArtWorks creates, the project will transform a blank wall and be on display for the public to view via an outdoor projection from the Public Library Main Branch onto the north façade of 36 East 7th St. The final video installation will be exhibited Oct. 5 to 15 as a Participating Venue of FotoFocus Biennial 2016.
“This project is founded on the principle that everyone is an artist. It is our goal to empower as many individuals as possible to share their visual story and to engage and unite our city through the art making process,” Wood said. “The project capitalizes on social media, the prevalence of cell phone cameras and the most universal of all subjects: the sun.”
City Shine is one of 16 ArtWorks Summer 2016 Youth Apprentice Program projects that employ local youth and professional artists for public art murals, art therapy and community engagement projects. Four ArtWorks youth Apprentices, ages 14 to 21, are working under Wood's mentorship and teaching artist Kailah Ware to help promote the project, engage the community and collect sunset imagery for the project’s final video installation.
The City Shine project team will host Sun Spot Meet Ups each Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. during the month of August. During meet ups, the team will supply photography equipment and offer photography tips.
Meeting times and locations are as follows:
- Aug. 4 – Roebling Bridge - Downtown Cincinnati
- Aug. 11 – Alms Park - Mt. Lookout/Columbia Tusculum
- Aug. 18 – Bellevue Hill Park - Clifton Heights
- Aug. 25 – Mount Storm - Clifton
For full information, visit city-shine.com or contact Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.