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ODOT Unveils Artwork Concepts for Long Street Cultural Wall

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The Ohio Department of Transportation held a public input meeting last night at the King Arts Complex to unveil the artist concepts for the Long Street Cultural Wall installation. The wall will be located on the south side of the new Long Street bridge that crosses over top of Interstate 71 and connects Downtown to the King Lincoln District.

The two finalists selected for public consideration include Larry Winston Collins and Kojo Kamau. The work presented by Collins includes a series of linoleum block prints of famous African Americans that either lived on the Near East Side, or had a connection to the neighborhood through performances at the Lincoln Theatre. The work displayed by Kamau includes a photo montage of people, places and events depicting the historical aspects of the neighborhood, along with educational information to accompany it. A third option was also on display, which combined images and elements from each artist in a collaborative effort.

The artists further describe their concepts in the videos below:

ODOT is seeking public comments on the artist concepts through July 6th. You can send your comments directly to [email protected], but feel free to also share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

The completion of the Long Street Cultural Wall and public unveiling of the project is scheduled for Fall of 2013.

More photos of the conceptual artwork shown last night can be found below.

More information can be found online at www.odot71670.org.

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  • Get a look at the Long Street Cultural Wall tonight: Via ODOT’s Facebook page: “Come get a look at what the Long Street Cultural Wall will look like when it is installed as part of the new Long Street Bridge.”

    6:00 PM Tonight! January 24th
    109 North Front Street
    First Floor Conference Room
    Downtown Columbus

    The Long Street Cultural Wall is being designed by Larry Winston Collins and Kojo Kamau, two home-grown artists selected by the public and a community-based advisory committee to create a work of public art on the south side of the new Long Street Bridge. The wall will artistically honor and celebrate the rich cultural history of the Bronzeville area (King-Lincoln and Discovery Districts), using a mixture of black and white photographs and photographs of linoleum-cut carvings.

    Long Street Cultural Wall

    The mural will be displayed on 60, four ft. by eight ft. panels mounted on a 240-foot long concrete wall. The wall will be subtly lit at night and only visible if travelling on Long Street, not from I-71 below.

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