Over the past few weeks, we’ve been following the mysterious appearance of words at the top of a Downtown building on East Broad Street. Those words now read “Columbus never came here, but”, which could almost be construed as a localized version of “A man walks into a bar…”.
Artist Janet Zweig is the person responsible for the first five words of this generative sentence, and is leaving it up to the general public to finish the thought. Submissions are being accepted in the form of three-to-five-word phrases, which will be chosen by Zweig and installed throughout the rest of 2012 until the wall is completely covered. Phrases will be chosen based on their ability to create paraprosdokians — sentences and phrases with meanings that change when new words are added and thoughts are completed.
“Columbus never…” is one of the twelve public art projects that comprise the Finding Time installation that is celebrating the bicentennial of Columbus. Other projects include Plein Air and the Bicentennial Towers.
Photo by Jayine Grothe.