Saturday, January 11, 2014

Floodwall Murals in Portsmouth, OH

Portsmouth, OH 1/2014
I spent the week in Portsmouth and Columbus, Ohio.  Yes I traveled there for work regardless of the freezing temperatures and the possibility that I may be blown away and never be seen again.  

Because of frigid temperatures I stayed indoors BUT I was able to see the beautiful artwork of Robert Dafford from the comfort of my car.  
Shawnee Indians
This is a commissioned project called the Floodwall Murals in Portsmouth.  The murals are a tribute to the history in this part of the country.  This is one of the largest mural projects in the world!  The murals are on the floodwall of the Ohio River.  Across the street are you will find a lovely stretch of old brick buildings.

Street View of the Floodwall Murals

Most of  the town was closed by the time I was able to venture out.  If you look closely you will see the icy road. 

Hook & Ladder

The gloomy weather had no effect on the realistic images portrayed in these murals.  Look at the vivid colors and the many details included in each.
Local Legend Roy Rogers

1937 Flood
The flood impacted the city and the surrounding townspeople. 

 A Civil War unit from Portsmouth, Battery L, fighting at Gettysburg

The Railroad
New forms of transportation in the area.  (This was my favorite.)

Life on the River

I encourage you to cruise by these wonderful works of art if you find yourself in this part of the country.  I was really glad I did.  I was greeted with kind words and hospitality everywhere I went.  I must mention the pork chop sandwich I had for lunch in Portsmouth and the mouthwatering Amish food at Der Dutchman in Plain City -YUM!!!


1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, those murals are really impressive! Definitely unique, at least I have never seen anything like that around Europe.

    xx Kaisa


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