This inaugural Paints-by-Numbers’ mural features Cincinnati’s beloved Fiona the hippo at her home in the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. This piece is a visual celebration of Fiona, whose survival story captured the heart of the Cincinnati community and beyond. She is depicted at play in the water, surrounded by various animal friends, while her mother, Bibi, keeps watch nearby. The design features Fiona center stage while highlighting many other beloved icons from the Cincinnati Zoo. Colors are vibrant and playful, representing the childlike wonder that the Zoo inspires in its visitors. This mural engaged the local community in numerous ways from a call-to-artists contest from which five designs received over 20,000 community votes! This winning design is by Fort Thomas-native Lucie Rice, and was painted by hundreds of community members working alongside four local Youth Apprentices and two Teaching Artists. What are your favorite areas or animals to visit at the Cincinnati Zoo?
Callie Dorsey, Brooklyn Hart, Liam Smith, Aminata Thiam
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 1919 Investment Counsel, BAIRD, Colangelo Group, 2018 Adopt-an-Apprentice Campaign Contributors, American Scaffolding, Inc., ArtWorks Board of Trustees
The Cincinnati Enquirer, Rover the Rhine, Sean Donovan, Sherwin Williams, Our 300+ Community Painters