New Pearl Street Building to Feature Unique Public Art Piece
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.
The piece, called 200 Tiles, was the brainchild of the ROY G BIV Gallery, which worked with the Short North Alliance to apply for funding for the project from the Chase 200 Columbus Bicentennial Grants Program.
Jason Moore, who sits on ROY G BIV’s board, worked to shepherd the project from conception to execution.
“What came together in the end was a truly collaborative piece that all of the Short North galleries participated in,” said Moore, explaining how local artist Larry Hamill’s skyline photo was divided into 200 squares and distributed to a wide range of local artists, each of whom provided their own interpretation of the image for their tile.
He added that the final product “pairs emerging artists next to some of Columbus’s more known names such as Denny Griffith, Janice Wunderlich, Roger J Williams, and more.”
Although 200 Tiles was displayed at the October 2012 gallery hop and later appeared in an exhibition at the Riffe Gallery downtown, finding a permanent home in the Short North for the piece has been a challenge.
“It has taken some time to find the best location for it,” said Betsy Pandora of the Short North Alliance. “We knew that new construction would likely be the ideal for it given the unique style of the piece, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with Borror Properties to present this incredible new permanent public art work.”
Molly Burke, president of ROY G BIV’s board of directors, echoed those sentiments. “It’s great for us to have this become a permanent part of the Short North,” she said, “especially since we are also celebrating 25 years as an organization and we have always called the Short North home.”
For now, the piece will remain in storage until the building is constructed. No construction date has been set for the project, which will have to be brought back to the commission at least one more time for final approval.
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All photos provided by Fulcrum Creatives.