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Philanthropy Friday: Bicentennial Towers

 Margaret Robinson, The Columbus Foundation Philanthropy Friday: Bicentennial Towers
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Artist David Best

Four unique 1,000-pound sculptures have been installed on the previously empty pedestals or plinths of the Broad Street Bridge, on the west edge of downtown Columbus.

The bridge, built in 1991, was originally designed with sculptural elements in mind, but they were never completed. The new plywood spires were created by California-based sculptor David Best and will be on display through December 2012. Best’s temporary project brings new life to Columbus’s major downtown bridge.

Made of computer-cut plywood, each of the four “Bicentennial Towers” is 16 feet tall and 8 feet in diameter. The towers are among the 13 public art projects in FINDING TIME: Columbus Public Art 2012, which is taking place in public spaces, plazas, parks, streets, and alleys in a 360-acre area of downtown surrounding the Statehouse and along the riverfront. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the construction and installation of the “Bicentennial Towers” below:

These public projects will transform downtown into an open-air gallery, with innovative and surprising public art accessible to all. Project partners have commissioned the site-responsive public artworks by international, national, and local artists to be created over the course of Columbus’ bicentennial year.

The Columbus Foundation is proud to be one of the numerous supporters of FINDING TIME: Columbus Public Art 2012, and has awarded two special Bicentennial Grants totaling $45,000 to support the public art effort.

For more information please visit www.ColumbusPublicArt.com.

Information about local nonprofits is available 24/7 through the Foundation’s online resource, PowerPhilanthropy, which is available to everyone who wants to be more informed about the nonprofits they care about. PowerPhilanthropy makes it easy to donate to the causes you care about at columbusfoundation.org/p2/.

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