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More Than 25 Artists to Install Murals for Gravity Project in Franklinton

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman More Than 25 Artists to Install Murals for Gravity Project in FranklintonRendering of the Gravity project opening this fall in Franklinton. All images courtesy of Kristy Eckert Communications.
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Gravity, the “conscious community” project in Franklinton by Kaufman Development, is nearing completion and set to open this fall.

Previous news of the development has mostly been during the proposal and construction phases of the project, but it has now been announced that more than 25 local artists are set to execute Gravity’s vision for more than 14,000 square feet of murals on site.

Within this announcement, Gravity also outlines its mission for the first time. The Gravity project will offer placemaking design and programming in an effort to help people live intentional lives and pursue positive and engaging relationships with the world. The development’s apartments, indoor and outdoor public spaces, offices, restaurants, and retailers are all centered around a focus on “well-being, expression, and impact.”

Gravity aims to promote this vision by showcasing the work of world-renowned Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, Columbus College of Art & Design muralists Rather Severe, and many more local artists curated and commissioned by Gravity, in partnership with the Franklinton Arts District and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Kobra, who holds the record for the world’s largest graffiti mural, will paint a large-scale self-portrait for Gravity. Successful Columbus-based artists Mandi Caskey and Adam Hernandez will also install work for the project in the coming months.

“Gravity’s mission is to bring like-minded people, programs, and spaces together to live and work with intention,” says Gravity founder Brett Kaufman. “Creative expression is a core philosophy that these artists embody, and we are grateful that Kobra, Rather Severe, Mandi, Adam and so many more find this project worthy of their energy and love.”

In addition to a curated collection of art and murals, Gravity’s placemaking initiative will offer on-site community programming with local moderators and instructors; offsite “shared experiences” that include adventurous excursions like skydiving and opportunities to give back; and an innovative design that features open-light spaces, indoor “neighborhoods” on each floor, a community plaza, courtyard, and dog park.

Gravity’s leasing office opens August 15, and business tenants will begin moving in this fall. Residents can begin moving in spring 2019.

Gravity will celebrate the launch of this art initiative with a block party at Art Bazaar, 455 W. Broad St., on Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information on Gravity, including amenities and additional programming, visit gravityproject.com.

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