Visitors may find themselves in a sticky situation this weekend when 15 giant duct tape sculptures descend on Washington Park.
On display from May 27-30, colorful creations made from this Duck Tape brand tape will pay homage to American entertainment with a baseball theme and exhibition name. Knock It Out of the Park.
Created by artists from the Cincinnati Academy of Arts (AAC), alumni and students from around the city, the work on the exhibition will travel from Cincinnati to the 17th annual Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival held outside of Cleveland from June 16-18. (This also has a baseball theme this year.)
“Knock out of the park is a word play – with (a) a baseball home run, ‘balls thrown out of the park,’ and with a show in Washington Park, we want these statues to be a home run. So that the whole community can see,” he said. Jake Brinkmann, AAC Facility Administrator for Student Services CityBeat.
Brinkmann says the artists use more than 400 rolls of Duct Tape to create interactive sculptures and provide fun photo-ops, some of which can be crawled.
For example, viewers can sit on Brinkmann’s sculpture – “The Ball Cap” – a Duck Tape baseball cap made with a diameter of 10 feet. Artist Doug Reinhard created a giant baseball card so anyone could get up and pretend to be a player. And German artists Wally and Taylor made great hot dogs out of Duck Tape.
There’s also an 8 -foot -tall duck bobblehead and a Duck Tape seat that looks like a baseball glove.
Brinkmann led this year’s sculpting effort through an internship program offered at AAC, although it is usually offered as a class.
“Next year is planned to be a class again for AAC students,” he said. “We have a group of alumni artists who are all students who take classes at the participating colleges each year.”
Duck Brand duct tape – available in a variety of colors outside of traditional silver – has become an option for DIYers and craftsmen (there are all the craft and decor tabs on the Duck Brand website). And AAC is no stranger to the art of Duct Tape.
The school’s president, Joe Girandola, is known for his work in the medium. In 2013 CityBeat story, we reviewed his exhibition Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings by Joe Girandola – exhibited when he was the new director of the MFA program in Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. He began teaching Duct Tape art courses there and continued the practice while taking the Academy of Arts in 2019.
Knock It Out of the Park will appear May 27-30 at Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-Rhine. The exhibition is free to view.
Watch a video of the AAC Duck Tape class before preparing for the Avon festival below.
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