A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati’s Inaugural Light and Art Festival


In fall of 2017, Cincinnati was transformed into a "future city" filled with light displays and art events from The Banks to the edges of Over-the-Rhine.

The word “blink” is a simple, straightforward term meaning to shut and open your eyes quickly. But it has numerous connotations: a momentary gleam of light, a flash, a flicker, a sparkle, a glimmer or a shimmer. It took on added meaning last year during a new, free and attention-grabbing four-day Cincinnati event that cost $3 million to stage.

BLINK was one of the largest, most innovative light and art events in the nation, featuring large-scale projection mapping — familiar to Cincinnatians who attended the wildly popular Lumenocity event produced in Washington Park from 2013-2015 — plus light-based sculptures and installations, a parade, murals, interactive art and performances.

This year, the popular light and art festival — which Brave Berlin produced and which saw a million visitors last year — will spread across the Roebling Suspension Bridge into Covington.

For those of you who missed the first festival, have no fear. Cincinnati will host another BLINK this Oct. 10-13.

Here's a look at everything we saw at the inaugural festival.


A Look Back at BLINK Cincinnati's Inaugural Light and Art Festival

| Photos by Hailey Bollinger