With this project, the Cincinnati Art Museum seeks to engage with its surrounding historic, vital neighborhoods, including Walnut Hills. This effort to activate the museum grounds will allow new and broader access through casual and recreational art interactions outside the walls of the museum.
The Art Climb includes a staircase from the sidewalk near the intersection of Eden Park Drive and Gilbert Avenue and leading up to the front museum entrance. This project will open up the museum grounds, connect the museum to its neighbors, and provide a space to incorporate outdoor artworks. A lighting component will guide visitors up the stairs to the museum. At the top of the staircase, visitors will have an opportunity to access a large bench where they can enjoy a view of the city. A Cincinnati Metro bus stop is located near the start of the staircase.
Steps and landings will span the hill at the Northern corner of the museum’s grounds, around 450 feet from the street to the parking lot. The museum worked with emersion DESIGN and Human Nature for architecture and landscape design for this project. Turner Construction is the construction firm.
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