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Roebling Bridge to Get Special Attention When BLINK Returns

The Roebling Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati will be lit up as part of the BLINK light show that is returning to town this fall.

BLINK, with support of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, will transform the iconic bridge "into a monumental piece of art," a news release said.

BLINK is set to take place in Cincinnati and Covington on October 10 through 13.

Organizers are working closely with the Roebling Bridge Historical Society, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and city officials in Cincinnati and Covington to use light, color, and sound to enhance its nineteenth century architecture, created by John A. Roebling, who went on to greater fame with his Brooklyn Bridge.

“Our concept is to make the singing bridge sing,” said Steve McGowan, owner and partner of Brave Berlin, one of the producers of BLINK. “We will focus on the most grand and predominant features of the bridge, including the anchorage, gateway towers, arches and spires. It is our goal to illuminate the river in a magic glimmer of color and reflection.”

“Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana – and there’s no better symbol of that integral connection than the first bridge to link our communities,” said Ellen Katz, president and CEO of Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “As we work to build a more vibrant Cincinnati region, Greater Cincinnati Foundation is proud and excited to support the beautiful and creative lighting of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, as part of BLINK.”

“The historical significance of this beloved iconic landmark makes it the centerpiece of BLINK and our continued desire to celebrate Cincinnati as the Future City. We look forward to bathing the Roebling Suspension Bridge in beautiful color, light and sound,” said Dan Reynolds, owner and partner of Brave Berlin, one of the producers of BLINK.

BLINK, presented by ArtsWave, will take place from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market neighborhood to Covington – bridging two states, and spanning 30 city blocks and the Ohio River. The only U.S. event of its kind, BLINK will feature large-scale projection mapping, murals by international artists, interactive light sculptures and diverse entertainment. Free and open to the public, BLINK is produced by The Agar, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin, the Carol Ann and Ralph V Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. 

BLINK’s inaugural four-night event in October 2017 spanned 20 blocks and was experienced by more than one million visitors, the largest gathering of people ever in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. 

-Staff report

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