Big Milestone for Long Street Cultural Wall: Artwork Is Complete
After a year and a half of conceptualizing, carving, photographing and designing, this week marks a big moment on a key feature of the Columbus Crossroads project: Artists Kojo Kamau and Larry Winston Collins have completed their combined artwork for the much-anticipated Long Street Bridge Cultural Wall. This phenomenal mural depicts the people and places of the King-Lincoln & Discovery Districts who have figured prominently in Columbus history.
Larry and Kojo, along with members of the design-build team, have been meeting weekly for over a year to research candidates, select images, and incorporate community and advisory committee input.
We think you'll be as excited as we are about the design. Now the artwork design files go to 3-Form, the company that will produce the full-sized panels that will be installed on the new Long Street Bridge next spring. The bridge will serve as a park-like walkway for pedestrians, as well as a more visually attractive thoroughfare for motorists and bicyclists. The bridge is already partially open for traffic, but work continues on the remaining traffic lanes and walkways. Plans are for the Cultural Wall to be dedicated with a community-wide celebration next spring.
The 60 translucent panels will help create a more appealing setting by shielding the view of the busy I-71 corridor that passes below and recreating a long-sought visual connection between downtown Columbus and the King-Lincoln neighborhoods. Similar panels, without the artwork, are already being installed on the new Spring Street bridge over I-71.