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NKY Bourbon Barrel Project Tour
In 2019, the Catalytic Fund and the NKY Chamber of Commerce collaborated on the NKY Bourbon Barrel Project. Over 100 custom-painted bourbon barrels were created, sponsored by local business and decorated by local artists. Each barrel has a solar panel on top that powers a lamp inside. The barrel designs all include holes or cutouts to reveal the light. The barrels are placed in the entertainment districts of Northern Kentucky cities. See if you can find them all!
Riverside Drive Statue Tour
These bronze statues of figures from Kentucky history are located along Riverside Drive in Covington’s Historic Licking Riverside neighborhood. As the statue plaque explains, these characters’ “fortunes parallel the Ohio River”. Starting at the foot of the Roebling Bridge, stroll along the riverfront to the confluence of the Licking River with the Ohio. A short walk through the neighborhood and past gorgeous historic mansions will take you to a bonus statue next to the home of the founder of the Boy Scouts of America. Enjoy the tour!
Riverfront Floodwall Mural Tour
TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION OF RIVERFRONT COMMONS (Expected Fall 2020)
Painted on the floodwall at the foot of the Roebling Bridge are eighteen stunning murals by artist Robert Dafford and his team. The images depict the rich history of Covington, Northern Kentucky and the Roebling Bridge and range from 8000 B.C. to 2008 A.D. These murals were a project of Legacy, a group of young Northern Kentucky leaders. The incredible details depicted in each mural are definitely worth seeing!
If you would like to do a scavenger hunt based on these murals, you can see it here.
Central Business District Tour
Covington’s Central Business District has a wealth of world-class public art. This busy and vibrant neighborhood has a lot of creative people doing interesting things. This tour will give you a closer look at all these visual treasures.
"Secret Cincinnati" Tour
Enjoy discovering some of the Northern Kentucky locations featured in Kathryn Witt’s book, Secret Cincinnati: a Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure (selections reproduced here with permission from the author).
ABOUT NKY ART TOURS
NKY Art Tours are an initiative of the Public Arts Network of NKY and ArtsWave and funded by a generous grant from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.