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New Public Artwork Hidden Downtown

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If you’ve wandered recently through the alleyways in the heart of Downtown, you may have stumbled across some new public artwork gracing the walls of several buildings. The paintings are a part of the Plein Air exhibition, which is a component of the larger Finding Time public art installation that celebrates the bicentennial of Columbus with several temporary public art installations that will last through the end of 2012.

“Plein Air” is a French term meaning “in open air” which refers to the fact that these paintings are applied by the artists directly onto the buildings on location. Similar to the application here in Columbus, these paintings are historically hidden on side streets and alleyways for pedestrians to discovered in a somewhat secretive fashion.

The paintings that can be found Downtown thus far depict familiar streetscape scenes in Columbus, which give them an appearance of “portals” that can visually teleport you to other parts of the city. As of today, there are currently five Plein Air paintings to discover Downtown, with a total of 24 to be present once the project is complete.

More information about Plein Air can be found at www.columbuspublicart.com.

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  • jpizzow

    Let the hunt begin.

    Are these temporary or are they staying? The latter should be the case, without question.

  • Well, the “Finding Time” project as a whole is scheduled to last through the end of 2012.

    I agree that these should remain up though. Less work than taking them down, eh? ;)

  • labi

    A small correction – traditionally, “en plein air” refers to a painting that was painted outside from direct observation (as opposed to a painting produced in a studio) – not a painting that was applied to an exterior wall. Maybe this project’s organizers are intending a play on that meaning?

  • jpizzow

    I was riding my bike along the river near North Bank Park this evening, looked over and saw what appeared to be a wire sculpture on the other side of the river. Am I going crazy and seeing things or did they secretly install one wire cow down around there. It was in the vague shape of a cow. Wish I had my camera. Oh wait, my two year old Nikon quit working.

  • columbusmike

    Great, a wire cow. We just can’t shake the cowtown image, can we?

  • lilbit

    @jpizzow – yup, that’s part of the project.

    http://columbuspublicart.com/project.php?project=grazing

  • dodson

    I think its time to re-embrace the Cowtown thing. I was just in Cincy last week and I had forgotten how many flying pigs there were scattered throughout town. They’re fun and they didn’t at all lead me to believe that Cincy was filled with pig farms. It is exactly the kind of contemporary connection to history that Columbus severely lacks..

  • Cbusbill

    dodson June 20, 2012 3:33 pm
    I think its time to re-embrace the Cowtown thing. I was just in Cincy last week and I had forgotten how many flying pigs there were scattered throughout town. They’re fun and they didn’t at all lead me to believe that Cincy was filled with pig farms. It is exactly the kind of contemporary connection to history that Columbus severely lacks..

    Completely agree. Columbus should embrace its history… If you live here, you know it is not the Cowtown it once was. We are rightly proud of how far we’ve come…so what better way to show that off than by a little tongue-in-cheek reference back to ‘days gone by’.

  • stephentszuter

    I don’t like the cow town image at all. Cow town is synonymous with uneducated hillbillies.

    Plus, I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’ve never seen a cow in Columbus (except for that agricultural research center off of Sawmill…)

    I’d rather Columbus be known for something more… sophisticated and forward-thinking…

  • geoyui

    Embracing a “cowtown” image is something any midwest city can claim. I agree that we need to shed that because I think right now Columbus has been growing and developing so fast that re-adopting a cowtown theme would only hinder what has been gained.

  • I agree with dodson and Cbusbill, toooootally.

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