New Public Art Installed in Short North
A new public art piece is taking shape in the Short North. The Messenger, by local artists Eric Rausch and Jen Kiko, will be installed on the north-facing wall of 1204 N. High St.
“We are honored to pay tribute to the vibrant Short North community,” said Rausch, in a statement. “It’s the place where Jen and I fell in love, it is a highlight of our capital city and the arts made that a reality. It is an incredible feeling to install a permanent artwork in this historic location.”
The wall, which faces East Fifth Avenue, will be adorned with 26 colorful brick pigeons, shown flying above a series of pieces set within the four existing bricked-over windows on the first floor of the building. Those windows will be inset with over 650 hand-carved and colored bricks.
The installation marks the first new permanent public art installation in the Short North in over ten years.
“Over the last several years, the Short North Alliance has been hard at work developing project plans for new, permanent public artworks which reflect our community through contemporary creativity that infuses diverse and innovative artistic approaches into public space”, said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance.
The piece will take about two weeks to install. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for June 13.
For more information, visit www.shortnorth.org.