Covington’s ‘Living Mural’ is Among the First in the Country — World Class Art With Vertical Greenspace

Sourced from the Northern Kentucky Tribune

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have many murals and several living walls, but Covington now has the Midwest’s first outdoor Living Mural.

The brainchild of Mike Amann, one of the pioneering advocates for street art in the Northern Kentucky river cities, the mural at 4th and Scott Streets is the stunning combination of world-class art with a vertical greenspace. In fact, the mural, by an international artist group called The London Police, was created as a memorial to Mike, who is painted peeking out of the dog/spaceship.

The Living Mural is on the north wall of the Boone Block building, which was recently redeveloped into upscale townhomes. When the mural was completed in 2016, the artists planned ahead and left the bottom section a solid green color for the living wall installation. Urban Blooms, a local company specializing in living walls, has now realized the full design by installing a custom-fabricated planting system.

Tyler Wolf, Executive Director of Urban Blooms, explains the plant selections, saying “The goal was to provide the community with an attractive, year-round installation that changed with the seasons, featuring a mixture of evergreens, grasses, perennial flowers, and herbs.”

With the advent of spring, the flowers will be blooming and the foliage filling in, making Joy Amann, a realtor for the Boone Block and Mike’s mother, very happy.

“The most exciting part is that the initiative could become a prototype to combine public art within the context of a ‘vertical park’ to engage and benefit the whole community,” Wolf says.

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