Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural

Secret Ohio: Public Art

These interesting and intriguing works tell a story of the people and place they call home.

Cincinnati Toy Heritage, Cincinnati
ArtWorks has beautified the sides of buildings throughout the city, but don’t miss Jonathan Queen’s surreal mural depicting a bunch of toys made by Cincinnati-based Kenner. It features R2-D2, Yoda, Strawberry Shortcake, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Mr. Potato Head and many more. 23 W. Court St., Cincinnati 45202,

Portage Path American Indian, Akron
Portage Path runs 8 miles, connecting the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers. American Indians used the route to carry their canoes between the waterways, and today, identical bronze sculptures depicting that act (made by Seneca-Onondaga tribe member Peter Jones) stand near the path’s northern and southern ends. Merriman Road and North Portage Path, Akron 44313

Heritage Sculpture, Dayton
The 48-foot-long Heritage Sculpture installed at sidewalk level on Courthouse Square depicts the history, people and identity of the Miami Valley. It was made from 2,800 individual pieces, which were assembled into one cohesive work by artists and volunteers and then cast in bronze. Corner of Third and Main streets, Dayton 45402