Concepts for an out-of-this-world Covington art installation unveiled

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Covington will soon be home to a new otherworldly presence, “Clive.”

A collaboration among meetNKY, AlloyFX and the City of Covington has led to the creation of Clive, a soon-to-be-installed, massive alien statue at the Midtown parking garage at Fifth and Scott Streets in Covington.

Renderings of the Clive the alien art instation. Provided | meetNKY

The design, created by AlloyFX, features an alien (Clive) looking down with a magnifying glass at the street. Based on rendering, Clive’s head will be seven feet tall and his magnifying glass will stick out nine feet from the parking garage wall. In total, Clive will weigh around 600 pounds.

“So, we’ve spent about the last six months about 800 hours working on the fiberglass and Clive and refining idea,” Mark Phelps with AlloyFX said.

The installation, which is slated to be in place within a few weeks, is part of a city-funded quality of place grant program that works to “creatively enhance the physical appearance of the city’s business districts” through public art and other creative elements, per a release from the city.

Photo of Mark Phelps with Clive’s head. Photo provided | meetNKY

“And this project here today that we are unveiling, Clive, It gives us our very own space alien,” Covington mayor Joe Meyer said while donning alien-eye shaped glasses at a press conference Friday afternoon.

“Thank you to the entire economic development team that really understands that building a place that people find something unexpected around every quarter and every corner, gets visitors here gets residents excited about where they live,” said meetNKY’s Julie Kirkpatrick.

Clive’s announcement follows soon after the annual symposium of the Mutual UFO Network, known as MUFON, in August at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. MUFON is a Cincinnati-based, non-profit UFO investigation and research organization.

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Braxton Brewing is also getting in on the fun with the release of a new brew: Clive, a key lime-flavored Berliner Weisse. Head over to the Braxton’s Covington location from 4-8 p.m. to celebrate Clive’s release.

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