City Leaders Unveil Public Art on the Scioto Peninsula, Kick Off 2022 Columbus Arts Festival
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today joined city and community
leaders to unveil three new pieces of public art that decorate and beautify the
recently completed Starling Garage on the Scioto Peninsula. The unveiling took
place on the first day of the 60th-annual Columbus Arts Festival, which returns
this weekend to the Scioto Mile and will feature more than 200 visual artists,
three stages for performances and dozens of food vendors.
“This investment in public art on the Scioto Peninsula reflects
our overarching commitment to enriching the social fabric of each and every
Columbus neighborhood,” said Mayor Ginther. “Franklinton is rich in culture and
history, and the artists behind these creations have truly captured what makes this
area so special. We are excited to showcase exceptional talent in innovative ways,
especially as we celebrate the return of the arts festival to the heart of
The Columbus Art Commission selected three artists for this
project from a field of more than 80 applicants, all of whom were tasked with
creating public art to visually depict their interpretations of the community while
promoting inclusion, optimism and diversity. The recently completed Startling Garage
was developed by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation on behalf of the
city and will service employees, residents and guests of the mixed-use
development currently under construction in the immediate area.
“Simply put, public art humanizes our city and the environment
it’s placed in. This, in turn, helps to energize and invigorate public spaces.
These murals serve as fascinating intersections between Columbus’ past, present
and future,” said Council President Hardin. “As for the Arts Festival, we’re so
excited to finally have it back as we emerge from the pandemic. This will be a year
unlike any other.”
The following works of art were commissioned by the city
for $250,000 and presented to and approved by the Columbus Art Commission
during its February meeting:
Godmask” by Adam Hernandez – A celebration of Columbus’
culture and diversity and the artist’s own Puerto Rican heritage, the mural depicts
a Godmask inspired by the indigenous meanings of the words Scioto (Wyandot for
“deer”) and Olentangy (Delaware for “river of the red face paint”).
Consciousness” by Nick Stull – Depicting elements from both nature
and science, the mural celebrates the relationship between Columbus’
naturalistic history and technological advances aimed at preserving the
Magic” by Lucie Shearer – A surrealist depiction of a woman holding
a river symbolizing time, the mural conveys the fluidity of the past, present
and future, and captures a river’s role as a source of life.
One additional piece of art will be installed in the
coming months. “Gather and Flow” by Studio KCA will depict a flock of starlings
taking flight, dimensionally flying from one garage tower to the other. Each
starling will be adorned with an LED light to take on the appearance of a
constellation at night.
The 2022 Columbus Arts Festival, presented by the American
Electric Power Foundation and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, features
local and nationally recognized artists, bands and hands-on activities for guests
of all ages. Admission is free. More information is available at https://www.columbusartsfestival.org/.