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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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4 Responses to Process Continuing on Park Art in Harrison West

  1. Andrew Hall
    Andrew Hall January 14, 2009 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm

    The SidebySide is a nice little place which gets neglected in the hubub.

    I look forward to what the new year brings with this. HW has really stepped up and is doing good. As a neighbor, I like it.

    A.

  2. Likes Old Houses
    Likes Old Houses January 15, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm

    As a resident of HW, we are very fortunate to have folks who are working so hard to develop such a great park. Having a riverfront park, with art installations will really set Harrison West apart.

  3. Anne Evans
    Anne March 5, 2009 9:03 pm at 9:03 pm

    Update! Winners chosen! Congratulations to Mallory McClellan and Amanda C. Vandenberg.


    The winning entries of the Harrison Park Art Fund were Mallory McClellan and Amanda C. Vandenberg. The two winners are vibrant young artist that put passion into their art to make something special for our neighborhood park. Please find attached images of the winning sculptures that will be fabricated this summer. I would like to thank everyone that came and voted as well as our sponsors that passionately donated their time, energy, and money to the event. These art installations will be 2 of the proposed 5 as part of “Harrison Park”, the new 4.5 acre greenspace along the Olentangy River.

    Our Harrison Park Art Fund does not currently have sufficient funds to pay the winning artist their awards at our upcoming April 7th event. We need your support to see our neighborhood cause becomes a reality. Please consider contributing to our fund and be a part of art for Harrison Park.


    Art needs your support… be part of it by giving generously

    Send checks payable to (please indicate that your donation is for the Harrison Park ArtFund): 
    Short North Foundation
    120 West Goodale Street
    Columbus, Ohio 43215


    *The Short North Foundation is a registered not-for-profit as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please check with your tax advisor for the deduct ability of this gift to your own personal tax situation.




  4. Walker Evans
    Walker April 19, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am

    Here’s a rendering of the gazebo that will be built in Harrison Park this fall:

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