Monday, November 19, 2012

Vanishing Cincinnati-Book Featuring Detailed Pen and Ink illustrations of Cincinnati

Book Cover

Artists David & Barbara Day to Lead Discussion About Their Life Works
Vanishing Cincinnati Book Launch at Main Library Sunday, December 2 – 2:00 p.m.

A book launch debuting, Vanishing Cincinnati, a compilation of the life works of local artists David and Barbara Day, will take place at the Main Library of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Sunday, December 2.

As part of the launch, a panel discussion featuring the Days (as well as local historian and former Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Owen Findsen, who wrote the forward for the book), will begin at 2:00 p.m. The discussion, to be moderated by reference librarian Chris Smith, will be held in the third floor study area across from the Genealogy & Local History Department.

David and Barbara Day’s book, Vanishing Cincinnati, will be available for purchase and to be signed by the artists after the discussion courtesy of the Friends of the Public Library.
David and Barbara Day, the husband and wife partners of David Day, Designer & Associates, have been professional designers in Cincinnati for nearly 50 years during which they have directed restoration of some of Cincinnati’s landmark buildings, including the former Cincinnati Enquirer Building at 617 Vine Street. Today, their practice and studio is in the Pendleton Art Center in Over-the-Rhine.

The Days’ freehand working drawings done for clients and contractors over decades have become collectors’ items in their own right. Now many of these renderings, along with some of their original drawings which were completed independently of commissioned projects, have been collected in Vanishing Cincinnati.                                  

Imbued with history and intricate background, the Days’ finely detailed pen and ink illustrations bring life and color to Cincinnati’s sepia past. Among illustrations found in the book are depictions of Sawyer Point and Mt. Adams as they were seen in the late 1800s, trolley cars rattling through Eden Park, and the Cincinnati Reds battling the Tigers at Crosley Field for the 1940 World Series title. It is through the vision of these artists that elements of the past long since removed from everyday life can once again be preserved through illustrations, such as a locomotive moving down Eggleston Street 80 years ago. The book doesn’t leave out the city’s most iconic landmarks. Drawings of Fountain Square, Music Hall, and Union Terminal provide glimpses of previous glory as well as one of the “Old” Main Library, which once stood on Vine Street, just a block and a half away from the current location (where much of the research for Vanishing Cincinnati was conducted).

While Vanishing Cincinnati illustrates some of what has been lost to the city, its spirit is in the preservation and the continuity of the city’s architectural past. Within its pages, the authors hope to convey the idea that care for these venerable neighborhoods and structures brings longevity and cultural richness to the community and the understanding that the old and the new can function, even thrive together.

 MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS: David is a fifth-generation Cincinnatian, born in Over-the-Rhine and Barbara, whose family goes back four generations, was born in Clifton. Both attended the University of Cincinnati and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in industrial design and interior design.

Upon graduation the two classmates, worked for and learned from R. Buckminster Fuller in a graduate program at Southern Illinois University. Fuller was a visionary architect, designer, philosopher, and author who devoted his life to learning and teaching ways good design could improve the human condition. The Days started their design practice in the 1960s within earshot of the splashing waters of the Tyler Davidson Fountain, and continue to this day on the edge of “the Northern Liberties” (just south of Liberty Street Hill) where they can hear the bells ringing in the Over-the-Rhine bell tower, which they designed.

Image from the book

David and Barbara Day
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This looks REALLY cool!

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