Commissioned by the City of Cincinnati in 1970 and concealed since 1987, the abstract constellation of 30,000 tiles is one of Harper’s only public abstract works
CINCINNATI, OH – November 10, 2015 – In 1970, the City of Cincinnati commissioned renowned local artist Charley Harper to create “Space Walk,” a constellation of 30,000 colorful tiles that would hang above the doorways to the newly-constructed convention center’s Hall A. In 1987, the mural was covered with drywall during a renovation – a secret masterpiece hidden for 28 years. Now, as part of a $5 million Duke Energy Convention Center upgrade, the mural has been uncovered and restored, returning a rare abstract work by Harper, now an internationally-known artist, to Cincinnati’s thriving public art scene.
Duke Energy Convention Center Reveals Long-Hidden Charley Harper “Space Walk” Murals at Nov. 10 Event
Green Bay’s KI Convention Center has just opened a renovated and expanded facility located in downtown Green Bay along the Fox River.
The expansion adds 34,000 square feet. Now, with 78,000 square feet of exhibit halls, meeting rooms and smaller group spaces, the KI is the largest meeting facility in Northeastern Wisconsin. The main thrust of the expansion was construction of the 25,000-square-foot George Kress Grand Ballroom, but it also includes 19 breakout rooms seating 15 to 1,800 people. The largest meeting room accommodates 3,640 people. The KI also features 35,264 square feet of exhibit space.
All of the new space is elevated at a second story level overlooking the downtown entertainment district. The convention space is between two hotels, the Hyatt on Main and the Hampton Inn & Suites, offering 376 attached guest rooms. The KI Convention Center is managed and operated by the Hyatt on Main.
State-of-the-art video wayfinding signage and satellite up-linking were also added to the facility.
For more details visit www.kiconventioncenter.org.
Set against the dramatic skyline on the banks of the Chicago River, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 West Wacker Drive, will begin the second phase of renovations October 2015. Set to be completed by March 2016, Phase II will include the addition of a brand new ballroom with breathtaking views of the Chicago River, an additional 4,000 square feet of meeting space, and introducing one of Chicago’s hottest bars with inspiring city views. The $8 million dollar renovation is part of the globally recognized Renaissance Hotel brand’s focus on discovery, provoking both guests and locals’ interests to explore the Windy City.
Wilderness Resort’s management team announced they will be adding two Room Escapes by D.O.A. to their Wilderness on the Lake property. Both are set to open in November.
According to Chris Ebben, Attractions Director for Wilderness Resort, “Interactive, real-life room escape games are becoming hugely popular in the United States and have been featured on The TODAY Show, The Conan O’Brien Show, The Big Bang Theory, and most recently, The Bachelorette. We know our guests, conference center attendees and those living and visiting the Dells area, will love the opportunity to play these highly strategic, teambuilding games.”
The 226-room DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport debuted officially, after a five-month renovation, making it the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich. Welcoming guests with chic accommodations, modern amenities and the tremendous service culture for which the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is celebrated all over the world, the new hotel presents an open-concept lobby, contemporary guestroom updates, revamped meeting spaces, renovated indoor pool area and a new restaurant concept centered on locally-sourced food and beverage menus.
Eaglewood Resort & Spa, located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, has recently completed a $7.5 million renovation of its AAA Four Diamond Resort. The makeover encompassed a redesign of all 295 guest rooms and suites, resurfaced balconies and patios, a full build-out of three fitness studios, refurbished 6-lane bowling alley, and the addition of a high-end “Grab & Go” Market.
In September 2015, the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) will begin a full renovation and expansion project, highlighted by 373,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, to be complete in July 2017. The extensive upgrades and additions will improve the guest experience and increase efficiencies. When finished, the GCCC will be the 4th largest contiguous exhibit space in its competitive set – making it larger than Nashville, Pittsburgh and Charlotte.
Soon to become the largest land-based casino resort with on-site convention space in the State of Iowa, Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf recently unveiled its newest hotel rooms.
“We were just thrilled that the renovation of our South Tower was completed in time for the recent John Deere Classic here in the Quad Cities,” said Nancy Ballenger, Isle Casino Hotel’s vice president and general manager. “There have been so many events bringing visitors to the region this summer, including the BIX. The feedback has been wonderful as guests experienced all that Isle Casino Hotel has to offer.”
Wilderness Resort’s management team announced that they are converting two of their current tube slides in the Klondike Kavern Indoor Waterpark into state-of-the-art, interactive Slideboarding systems. The Claim Jumper Challenge will offer a real life gaming experience within a waterslide.
According to Joe Eck, general manager for Wilderness Resort, “These new Slideboarding systems are so cool that when we experienced one in Las Vegas, we knew we had to be the first waterpark in the Midwest to have one!”