2012 is a big year for public artwork in Downtown Columbus. The Finding Time project, which is a collaborative effort between multiple groups including the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, has already executed multiple projects including the Bicentennial Towers, Plein Air and Columbus Never.
Yesterday, GCAC and Capital Crossroads announced another public artwork project that will oversee the installation of ten window displays in Downtown storefront spaces, created by local artists. The exhibition is known as The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP for short) and is scheduled to be completed in September.
Artists were asked to submit concepts that would celebrate the city’s Bicentennial as well as the character of Downtown Columbus. The ten installations that will be created were selected by a panel of local jurors, and each artist will receive $1,000 and a $250 materials fee.
The locations for the CAP-UP installations along with project descriptions are as follows:
- 55 East State Street, Ohio Theatre Ticket Booth: April J. Sunami, My Home, an installation depicting Columbus’ diverse neighborhoods and landmarks.
- 55 East State Street CAPA Theater Shop window: A collaboration between artists Paula Nees, Barb Vogel, and Eileen Woods, Chintz, an elegant installation inspired by the Chintz Room once located in the Lazarus Department Store.
- 65 East State Street, Capital Square Shoppes: Corey Aumiller & Dan Gerdeman, Time Tunnel, a video featuring COSI’s presidential figures in scenes from around Columbus.
- 65 East State Street, Capital Square Shoppes: Beth Himsworth, Confluence, a large and elegant stain-glass installation depicting the confluence of rivers in Columbus.
- 65 East State Street, Heartland Bank: Adam Brouillette, A motivational piece about Columbus using his iconic little red men.
- 24 East Gay Street, The Ruggery & Land and Title Agency: Terri Maloney-Houston, Mourning the Ash Tree, a beautiful ceramic installation memorializing the ash tree.
- 20 East Broad Street: Nikos Fyodor Ruthowski, Wolf’s Ridge, a magical diorama similar to those seen in the Natural History Museum
- 20 East Broad Street: Andrea Myers, Moment of Momentum, a large sculpture symbolizing the forward momentum and energy Columbus possesses as a community.
- Corner of Gay and High Streets, Sprint showcase windows and outdoor garden: Kimberly M. Webb, Mingos Among Us (working title), a beautiful triptych installation honoring the Native American’s who lived central Ohio in 1812.
- 43 East Gay Street, Vorys Sater, Seymour and Pease: Brian Reaume, Then Now Beyond, a beautifully symbolic installation playing homage to the matriarchs and patriarchs and look toward the future of Columbus.
More information can be found online at www.gcac.org.