The Portsmouth Flood Walls
This Sunday night at 8 pm, WOSU TV is very excited to present the brand new documentary BEYOND THESE WALLS: BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH ART. Â Â In 1992 a small group of community leaders in Portsmouth, Ohio asked, “How can we create pride in our community, improve the local economy and change a dying part of town into the vibrant place it once was?”. Â BEYOND THESE WALLS: BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH ART Â is the story of the local visionaries and the artists who transformed a unmemorable 2,200 foot concrete section of the town’s flood wall into a vast display of public art, history and community pride.
WOSU TV serves the Portsmouth area on our WPBO TV station. Â We don’t get the chance to present programming that relates to the Portsmouth community as often as we’d like to. Â So we were very excited when Â Portsmouth residents John H. Lorentz and his son Nathan contacted us about their latest documentary. Â It’s a wonderfully produced program that weaves the history of the community and their connection to the beautiful images on the flood walls. Â I was particularly fascinated by two specific wall panels, mainly because I’m a huge sports fan. Â When you watch the program you’ll know which murals I’m referencing.
I hope you’ll tune in or set your DVR to catch this wonderful program from Portsmouth. Â BEYOND THESE WALLS: BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH ART Â airs Sunday, February 16 at 8 pm on WOSU TV with an encore presentation on Monday, February 17 at 8 pm on WOSU PLUS.