You Can Help Make The Fiona Mural Downtown

Help design a Fiona mural on a Downtown building.
A giant mural of Fiona the hippo will soon grace the side of a building in downtown Cincinnati – and ArtWorks needs your help designing and painting it.

The nonprofit art organization is asking for design concepts for the first ever Paint by Numbers project. Designs should feature or be inspired by the Cincinnati Zoo’s beloved baby hippo.

Fiona has been the subject of books, cookies, beer, ornaments, shirts, ice cream, bobbleheads and calendars. The mural might be the 700-pound hippo’s biggest feature to-date.

Her loveable face will be painted on a 18×64 foot wall at 910 Race Street, the home of Rover the Rhine Veterinary.

ArtWorks announced the 3-phase mural project Monday.

Phase I lasts until the May 7 deadline for artist proposals. After that, five designs will be selected and voted on by the public as part of Phase II.

The Paint By Numbers comes alive in Phase II, which kicks off in July. Members of the public can buy a ticket to paint the mural alongside the ArtWorks team.

Painting is scheduled for July 10 – July 25 in pre-determined time slots. Tickets are on sale now. Specific dates and time slots will be selected on a first come first serve basis once the final design is announced on May 25.

Want to submit a design proposal? Click Here.

Want to buy tickets for the Paint By Numbers? Click Here.