Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of Cincinnati since 1871. The square, which replaced a butcher’s market, was a gift from Henry Probasco in memory of Tyler Davidson. Probasco traveled to Munich and commissioned a bronze allegorical fountain from Ferdinand von Miller named The Genius of Water. Originally, the square occupied a large island in the middle of Fifth Street with buildings to the north and south, much like nearby Piatt Park. A 1971 renovation of the square included slightly moving and re-orienting the fountain to the west, and enlarging the plaza by removing the original westbound portion of 5th Street and demolishing buildings to the north. It is used for lunch-breaks, rallies, and other gatherings. Wikipedia
The fountain is the center piece of this square and it is a beautiful work of art. The amount of detail in each statue is amazing! For those of you who know me, you know the statue with the turtle was my favorite. The square itself is surrounded by hotels, shopping, places to eat and in the square itself many different events take place throughout the year (weather permitting) like dances, concerts, and the largest Twister game I’ve ever seen in my life. I mean if it had been filled with people it could’ve easily held a couple of hundred humans trying to “left foot blue” themselves.
I believe that statues and flowing water really stand out when converted to black and white. Tell me what you think.