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Op-Art master Julian Stanczak designed an amazing and dizzying plan for the aesthetic bettering of an ordinary parking garage
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 05:00.
I never miss a chance to see the work of - and celebrate - Cleveland-based artist Julian Stanczak... a father of Op Art and one of the great artists of all time. So, during a tour of downtown Cincinnati (VERY NICE) last week, I was thrilled to unexpectedly be walked right past Stanczak's landmark 2008 work "Additional", on the Fifth Third bank and parking complex at Fountain Square. My host in Cincinnati seemed pleasantly surprised I was familiar with a work of public art in his Queen City, as I proudly exclaimed "Wow, there's the Stanczak mural... he's from Cleveland" and ran off to take pictures to share with realNEO.
If the art-superstar status of Julian Stanczak was ever to be challenged - for his life-work or his late-career accomplishments, as he remains productive in his 80s - Julian's most recent and important mural-scale public art masterpiece enforces his position at the top of the "art world" forever.
"Additional" covers nearly the entire facade of a 6-story, block-long parking garage with a sculptural op installation that must be the largest and is certainly the greatest work of its kind on Earth. Having had the good fortune to see this masterpiece in person I can say it is even more successful in life than in concept, print and video - it is stunning and transforms a dismal structure, and the dismal surroundings that created, into a celebration of light, energy and color - completely re-energizing a major neighborhood core to this community.
Since the completion of "Additional", a Tiffany & Company story has opened across the street from Fountain Square, in addition to many other important new anchors to this transformed little neighborhood with very BIG OP APPEAL.
Quite significant additions for Cincinnati... or any great city on Earth.
About "Additional" in City Beat, during installation, in 2008:
In 2008, The Best of Cincinnati Site voted Stanczak's work part of the "Best Shot of Local Color for Downtown"...
The Queen City Tour Site writes, about "Additional":