Public Art

The Roots of Walnut Hills

Standing at nine stories tall, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Mural, illustrates the neighborhood of Walnut Hills and celebrates the cultural heritage of the community. Key symbols are larger than life and are easily visible to passersby blocks away. The corn represents the Walnut Farm that Reverend James Kemper founded that soon became Walnut Hills, the book represents Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book Uncle Toms Cabin that helped start the abolishment of slavery, the Railroad tracks represent the underground railroad where Walnut Hills was considered a convenient place for “Passengers”, the broken chains represent James Bradley who was a former slave who bought his own freedom and the tree represents Eden Park. This unique and striking installation is now considered an artistic and cultural icon for the community.

Taron Jordan
2610 Park Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Lead Teaching Artist: Matt Grote
Junior Teaching Artist: Kayla Walker

Aidan Prince
A Bunke
June Brown
Isabelle Hageman
Makiyah Smith
Grace Kidoge
Tairen Fenhoff
Alyssa Baker

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Wallick Construction, Ohio Arts Council, ArtsWave, Delta Dental and the city of Cincinnati

Matt Grote