Creating an Icon

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and the Future Blooms program have developed an iconic program in Over-the-Rhine and throughout the city by painting boarded up buildings so that they emulate an activated facade. How can the upcoming task, addressing a surplus of vacant lots in several Cincinnati neighborhoods, be addressed with similar iconography?


A unit piece of each demolished property should be collected and reserved for art use. This piece could be doors, doorknobs, bathtubs, etc.


All unit pieces should be painted in the similar fashion of the Future Blooms facade designs to create a cohesive design theme. The color turns the once useful appliance for daily use into an object to be celebrated.


The unit pieces should be placed elevated on the site where they originally were in plan. The best we can do is commit to memory the spaces, places, objects and people we hold dear. Through the recognition of absence of the existing structure, presence is created.