Kleingassefest: a tiny celebration of all the tiny things


On 11 Sep 2016, we had the honor and privilege of hosting Kleingassefest: a tiny celebration of all the tiny things in Coral and Drum Alleys in Over-the-Rhine. For this event, we teamed up with Spring in Our Steps, a nonprofit organization that reclaims, maintains and advocates for Cincinnati’s alleys and public stairs, and PhotoCorps, a program that encourages individuals to demonstrate photographic principles, explore neighborhoods and connect with others while creating meaningful photographs.


Early in the day, Spring in Our Steps volunteers cleaned up the alley as Ledge Gallery installed signage and artwork:


The event started with a PhotoCorps photowalk through neighborhood alleys, led by Christian Huelsman, executive director of Spring in Our Steps. Participants were encouraged to pick up tiny objects on their way, thus doing their part to clean up alleys while collecting materials for an activity later in the day.


Bradley Cooper of Start Small Homes contributed tiny volumetric studies of tiny houses:


A selection of tiny photographs of tiny found objects by Brianne Fahey of Found on the Ground Downtown:


Christian Schmit‘s tiny paper sculpture delighted everyone when it lit up toward the end of the festival:


Festival goers chatted up Phil Armstrong, one of the exhibiting artists:


GIA & the Blooms, a florist located just around the corner from the festival site, created a miniature succulent wall garden:


The haiku station had many contributions by the end of the day:


Kira Geer of Geers of Change contributed plushies made out of lone socks:


Kristian Geer of Geers of Change displayed miniature shadow boxes using figurines and his own original photographs of figurines in iconic Cincinnati locations:


Phil Armstrong‘s Lilliputian Landscapes exhibition, featuring tiny portraits of tiny local buildings, was reinstalled for the festival:


Richard Calkins contributed a series of photographs:


Alley photowalk participants were encouraged to collect objects, which were then used to create sun prints:


Wally German‘s site-specific installation was a full-scale diagram of a tiny house:


The restroom facilities got a good deal of use:


The day ended with Ledge Gallery’s own Maya Drozdz and Christian Huelsman of Spring in Our Steps taking care of some important business:


This event came together in a week and a half, and we are humbled by the positive response we got and hope to do something like this again. Please contact us if you’re interested in participating or volunteering or have a suggestion for next time.

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