Wednesday, March 01, 2000

Museum city has tiny population




BY OWEN FINDSEN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        What is a city without people? That's why artists at Cincinnati Museum Center are creating a tiny population for Cincinnati in Motion, the 1/64 scale model city-in-progress on display in the Cincinnati History Museum.

        More than 1,500 little people walk the streets of downtown Cincinnati as it looked in the 1940s and the West End of the 1930s. But because there is much more of old Cincinnati to be added, hundreds of new miniature residents are needed.

        “You can buy figures for most of the 20th-century people, (from models shops) but older figures are harder to find,” says exhibits artist Dave Might. He's the sculptor who is creating the miniature figures for the Price Hill portion of the exhibit, seen as it was around 1900.

        “You have a hard time finding figures dressed in the right period clothing, especially women's long skirts and big hats. We're doing eight or nine different figures that will be cast in white metal and painted by volunteers. You can bend the figures into different poses and when they're painted in different colors, there will be a lot of variety.

        “I don't think a city can have too many people,” Mr. Might says.

        The little people will ride the Price Hill Incline and, in other sections of the exhibit, stroll through the zoo and attend concerts at Music Hall.

        Visitors can watch workers install buildings and prepare tracks for electric trains and trolleys in Cincinnati in Motion. The Price Hill portion will be opened this summer. Still to come: Mount Adams, Spring Grove, Over-the-Rhine, Mount Auburn, Northern Kentucky, Lunken Airport and Coney Island, each in a decade between the 1880s to the 1940s.

        Cincinnati in Motion is a permanent exhibit at the Cincinnati History Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center in Union Terminal, West End. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $5.50, $3.50 ages 3-12. 287-7000.

       



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