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STREET ARTIST EDUARDO KOBRA TO HONOUR NEIL ARMSTRONG
In July 2016, ArtWorks CEO and artistic director Tamara Harkavy announced that the celebrated Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra had been selected to create a mural in downtown Cincinnati.
With support for the project from Fifth Third Bank, Kobra will work together with four teen apprentices from ArtWorks to create the organisation's largest ever mural. Kobra has chosen to honour Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who was the first to land on, and walk the surface of the moon.
Following his career with NASA, Armstrong was a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971-1979, and was a resident of Cincinnati at the time of his death in 2012.
Planned to be 7632 square feet in size, the mural will be painted from 8-20 August 2016, with a public dedication on 21 August 2016.
The design concept is in Kobra's signature style - bold colours, kaleidoscopes and photorealism. The mural will portray Armstrong in a spacesuit, holding a camera. The camera and his helmet shield are black and white, while his suit is an exuberant patchwork of brightly coloured triangles and stripes. A rainbow emanates from the camera lens, and planet earth can be seen in the distance.
To watch a livestream of the project in progress, visit ArtWorks Cincinnati.