There’s new art coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum – and it’s outside!

There’s new art coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum – and it’s outside!

This fall, a stunning new sculpture will be installed at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art Climb.

Chakaia Booker’s LBD Duty Free (2014) is a 16-foot-high twisted sculpture made of discarded rubber tires and stainless steel. Around Cincinnati, Booker is perhaps best-known for her large-scale sculptures at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, a 300-acre outdoor museum.

In the coming months, two more pieces from Pyramid Hill will be installed at the Art Climb: Barton Rubenstein’s Skybound (2012), a brushed stainless steel sculpture that stretches 30 feet high, will be installed at the top plaza of the Art Climb and Tony Rosenthal’s Cube (1997), a matte black steel sculpture  that seems to defy gravity, will be installed on the highest landing within the Art Climb steps.

Going forward, the Cincinnati Art Museum plans to install additional outdoor art installations. Another work of modern sculpture will arrive at the front entrance of the museum this fall as well as part of the reimagining of the front arrival court and front parking lot improvements. In its next phase of construction the Cincinnati Art Museum is also adding an ADA-accessible ramp to connect the plaza with the top landing of Art Climb so all visitors can more easily enjoy the views of artwork and the surroundings.

As Cincinnati continues to practice social distancing, attendance at sculpture parks and other outdoor attractions has boomed. In fact, since its opening on May 7, the Art Climb has been the most visited arts venue in the city, welcoming more than 120,000 visitors in its first three months.


Read more: The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art Climb

The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art Climb is a glorious reminder that we are all connected, and that our city is truly someplace special – and its new art is just another reason to visit this only-in-Cincinnati attraction.   

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