Lunken Airport Murals – Cincinnati OH

Project type: Murals, Art
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Lunken Airport houses murals that were painted by William Harry Gothard and commissioned by the WPA’s Federal Art Project (FAP). The murals were moved to be completed at Union Terminal in 1937 when a flood covered the airfield and terminal but were returned later. These murals are still on display at Lunken Airport.

In the early 20s, Edmund P. Lunken purchased an airport built by ex-army pilots, and on September 5, 1928, he leased the property to the City of Cincinnati. The city purchased additional land, creating the Lunken Airport on 2,000 acres. In 1937, William Harry Gothard painted the murals at the Lunken terminal. One mural represents man being up-lifted by the power of flight, while the other represents man being held down by the gravity. Gothard won a Federal Art Project competition for the paintings. Both paintings are marked with the brass Federal Art Project tag on the bottom frame.

Source notes

http://www.wpamurals.com/cincinna.htm
http://www.newdealartregistry.org/
http://www.cincinnativiews.net/Airplanes.htm

Project originally submitted by Benjamin Hurst on June 14, 2017.
Additional contributions by Brianna Jones, June 2018.

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Location Info


262 Wilmer Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45226

Coordinates: 39.103653, -84.429419

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