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Process Continuing on Park Art in Harrison West

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In September, the Harrison West Society teamed with the Columbus College of Art and Design for a student competition for five art pieces to be installed in the new Harrison Park along the Olentangy River. The process is moving forward. On February 28, the Harrison West neighborhood, indeed, the entire Short North, will vote on the design for the first two works of art at a community Open House and Reception. Voting will be from noon to 8. The reception will be from 6 to 10.

The competition and installation of the five art pieces will take approximately two years. The preliminary budget for the five pieces is approximately $70,000, most of which will come from the neighborhood TIF funds allocated to building the park. The winning designs will earn $3,000 each from the Harrison West Society.

Harrison Park will occupy 4.3 acres. In addition to public art, the park will feature a gazebo and a playground for small children. The park is part of a multi-recreational trail that will link with existing parks along the river, making it one piece of the larger riverfront park system.

  • Money for the awards is being raised through grant applications and private donation.
  • Donations to the Harrison Park Art Fund can be mailed to the Short North Foundation /120 W. Goodale / Columbus, OH 43215. Checks should be made payable to “The Short North Foundation” and should include a notation that the money is intended for the Harrison Park Art Fund. Donations are tax deductible.
  • The Harrison West Parks Committee feels strongly that the success of Side-by-Side Park in Harrison West, which includes two sculptures, demonstrates an excitement in the community for public art and has included art in the new park’s design from the earliest stages of its development.
  • Awards for the first two art pieces will be presented at the March 18, 2009 Harrison West Society meeting.
  • Harrison West is a neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Preliminary budget for the five pieces is approximately $70,000, most of which will come from the neighborhood TIF funds allocated to building the park.
  • The two members of the Park Art Committee are Matthew Williams and Veda Gilp.
  • The park is part of a multi-recreational trail that will link with existing parks along the river, making it one piece of the larger riverfront park system.

More information online at the Harrison West Society website.

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