Columbus Public Art Installations
- June 24, 2014 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #1026155
From this month’s Art Commission agenda,
CAC Application #14-06-03
Project: Limestone Sofa Restoration/Relocation
Presenter: Betsy Pandora, Executive Director, Short North Alliance
A limestone sculpture of a sofa by artist, Robert Huff was installed at “Greenwood Park” in 2004. Called the “Limestone Sofa” or “Sofa,” the piece has sustained damage over the years, serving as a location for panhandling in the Short North and hub for loitering and illegal activities. Alliance staff met with the artist and representatives from the Recreation and Parks Department to work out a plan to restore the art and relocate it to a public, but better protected location in the courtyard of the Cultural Arts Center.
The plan calls for returning the Sofa to the artist for restoration and then placing the Sofa in a location to be determined by Recreation and Parks staff, with consideration to facility programming and location of utility wires. The art is not owned by the by the City of Columbus.
Some previous CU discussion on the issues surrounding the sculpture’s installation in the SN,
A letter of support for the Sofa’s removal written by the Short North Alliance last week states,
“While enjoyed widely by many in the Short North, over the last 10 years, the artwork has
sustained significant damage and has become a collector for vagrants and panhandlers.
On an annual basis, the Short North Alliance estimates that it spends approximately
$10,000 on maintenance and security services for the artwork. In 2013, 12% of all incidents
reported by the Short North Ambassador Team, the most of any single location in the
district, occurred at the artwork. Thus far in 2014, 11% of all incidents reported by the Short
North Ambassador Team have occurred at the artwork and we expect that number to only
We are now starting to see the incidents increase in severity from panhandling,
public urination, illegal camping, public intoxication, open container, and intimidating
behavior to criminal activity and assaults. The Short North Alliance simply can’t continue to
allow this type of behavior to propagate at this location and be liable for what may result
any longer. Nor can it allow a beloved public artwork to become damaged beyond repair or
no longer fulfill its designated purpose as public art – which is to engage people in dialogue
and celebrate our community’s history and spirit.
In 2010, the Short North Special Improvement District began the process of trying to
remove the artwork but faced some backlash from the community and ceased efforts.
Since that time, the issues have only increased in severity and we believe that if efforts are
ceased again we run the risk of irreparable damage to the artwork and the risk of visitors,
employees, or others being put in harm’s way.”
CAC agenda, http://columbus.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=71528
SNA letter, http://columbus.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=71539
IVC, SNCA, SN SID letters of support, http://columbus.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=71538
Images of damage to the artwork, http://columbus.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=71540July 17, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am #1030040
Downtown Parking Lots to Receive Public Art Upgrades
July 17, 2014 11:12 am – Walker Evans
Bold Booths is the name of a new public art installation that combines the functionality of parking lot booth buildings with the aesthetic contribution of an interesting visual enhancement to an otherwise bleak hardscape. The project is a continuation of the Finding Time: ColumbusPublicArt2012 program that installed multiple public art displays during our city’s bicentennial year.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/downtown-parking-lots-to-receive-public-art-upgradesOctober 6, 2014 9:24 pm at 9:24 pm #1044777
Columbus Public Art Gets a Shot of Money and Interest
You’re not alone in Genoa Park. Stroll through the small tree-lined hillock between COSI and the Scioto riverbank, and you’ll see them. Two deer. Lounging. One is a buck, perched pensively near the science museum. The other is a doe, off to the buck’s right, sprawled beneath the trees. She’s on her backside, propped up by her arms (er, hooves?), hind legs spread, ears perked. It’s unlikely you’ll return her inviting gaze for more than a few seconds without laughing—which is the whole point.
READ MORE: http://www.columbusmonthly.com/content/stories/2014/10/columbus-public-art-gets-a-shot-of-money-and-interest.htmlJune 29, 2015 10:37 am at 10:37 am #1082845
New Pearl Street Building to Feature Unique Public Art Piece
June 29, 2015 10:00 am – Brent Warren
When the Italian Village Commission gave their conditional approval to Borror Properties’ new project at 848 North Pearl Street earlier this month, it marked more than just the next step for a five-story residential building in the neighborhood – it meant that a unique piece of collaborative art celebrating Columbus and the Short North had finally found a permanent home.July 2, 2015 5:38 am at 5:38 am #1083197
The Enchanted Castle in Schiller Park
The towers light up 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.July 2, 2015 8:45 am at 8:45 am #1083211
Wow! That’s awesome! :DJuly 2, 2015 8:52 am at 8:52 am #1083214
That’s extremely cool! Thanks for doing this for the neighborhood!
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