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Ezz 2018

Ezzard Charles

Developing our Neighborhood Hero Brand

Overview

Society of the Cincinnati Cobra

The Society is an online/onsite community-building project uniting young adults, mentors and educators around the life lessons inspired by Ezzard Charles.

Building this “Society of the Cincinnati Cobra” will support the world’s first bronze interactive sculpture from Cincinnati Parks; a statue of Ezzard Charles, a West End native and professional boxer, former World Heavyweight Champion and lifelong humanitarian.

Activations unique to the Ezzard Charles statue include a mobile platform and programming embraced by the community. These activations will enhance the health, quality of life and wellness of Cincinnati’s historic West End neighborhood.

Our project, named the Society of the Cincinnati Cobra, will also support conservationism via maintenance of Laurel Park.

 
 Ezzard Charles at Laurel Park, brand mark

Ezzard Charles at Laurel Park, brand mark

The Challenge

To create the first interactive bronze sculpture at Laurel Park, West End, Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Developing the Brand #WeBelieveInEzz

We started diving into this brand a handful of years ago. Jason Snell starting working with Artworks, an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through a variety of programming, developing the “Legends Mural Series” Ezzard Charles had to be created.

After designing and illustrating the Ezzard Charles mural in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, we started to work with artists Andrew Van Sickle, John Hebenstreit to start the thinking of the statue, the park and the creation of the experience. We built out the Ezz Team with writer Steve Ramos and artist and photographer Kailah Ware and started to build the Ezzard Charles / Society of the Cincinnati Cobra. Working closely with the Cincinnati Parks Foundation we have started to build out a campaign for fundraising and development moving into 2019, we hope to launch the project in its entirety 2019.

 
 Society of the Cincinnati Cobra brand mark

Society of the Cincinnati Cobra brand mark

 Society of the Cincinnati Cobra secondary mark

Society of the Cincinnati Cobra secondary mark

 The Society rallying at Laurel Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Society rallying at Laurel Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

 Interactive boxing game detail at the soon to be site of America’s First Interactive Bronze Sculpture

Interactive boxing game detail at the soon to be site of America’s First Interactive Bronze Sculpture

The First EzzFest at Laurel Park

As we continue to ramp up the Society/Interactive Sculpture project moving into 2019 we also helped the West End community build the first EzzFest at Laurel Park.

 
 Ezz Fest 2018 Identity

Ezz Fest 2018 Identity

 Ezz Fest 2018 brand imagery

Ezz Fest 2018 brand imagery

 Ezz Fest 2018 at Laurel Park, West End, Cincinnati, Ohio

Ezz Fest 2018 at Laurel Park, West End, Cincinnati, Ohio

 Having a blast in the bouncy house at Ezz Fest

Having a blast in the bouncy house at Ezz Fest

 Local kids illustrated a bunch of gloves for the park

Local kids illustrated a bunch of gloves for the park

 No festival is complete without cotton candy

No festival is complete without cotton candy

Together with Artworks we helped to get a state of Ohio official “Ezzard Charles Day.”

 
 Working with Artworks and the Ohio House of Representative’s Christie Kuhns helped us make October 3rd, Ezzard Charles Day in all of Ohio.

Working with Artworks and the Ohio House of Representative’s Christie Kuhns helped us make October 3rd, Ezzard Charles Day in all of Ohio.