A Mini-Mural Hunt

The walking tour of the Short North’s newest public art installation is worthy of your steps, but a scavenger hunt element makes everything more fun.

By Jackie Mantey

There’s something young and idealistic about outdoor art, available for all to see. Fitting, then, that the Short North Alliance’s second collection of mini-murals, called “Viewpoints,” stars work by young artists. The artworks will be on view through the year. The images were transferred to sheets of vinyl and heat-adhered to building exteriors to create the illusion that they are painted on the brick. Here are the stories behind four standouts, as well as hints on where to find them. shortnorth.org

“Monkey Queen” by Laine Bachman

"Monkey Queen" by Laine Bachman

“I’ve always been fascinated with portraits of royalty and the history behind the fashions of their time and wanted to honor that tradition,” Bachman says. “The Elizabethan collars with the intricate lace are impressive and beautiful to me, yet they can also seem impractical and frivolous. With that in mind, I chose the monkey to be the monarch in this piece for its many archetypal roles.”

Location clue: No green eggs and ham here.