Taking shape where West Second Avenue meets the Olentangy River, Harrison Park will include green space for residents of Harrison West. It will also have public art, thanks to several graduates of Columbus College of Art & Design commissioned to fashion permanent works.
Mallory McClellan, who designed the first sculpture installed, shared the joys of creating things by hand.
As a kid, I was constantly drawing. My mom was constantly supplying my little sister and me with big reams of computer paper that my dad would bring home from work. We had one of those giant buckets of Crayola crayons. I remember that more than anything: We had a big cabinet full of just white paper and crayons.
With sculpture, I feel like I'm actually making something. I started out as a painting major - then had to take a sculpture class for fine arts and just got hooked. I like being able to get my hands dirty. I like being really one-on-one and having a completely active role in what I'm making.
Before I started my work "Sycamore," I actually came down here to where the park was going to be. There were a whole bunch of sycamore trees. They're a really beautiful part of Columbus and the area. I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate those huge, beautiful trees.
I don't think it's really hit me that tons of people are going to be seeing it. Even now, people are riding their bikes down the path and seeing it as they pass. I guess it will sink in that people are constantly looking at my work. It's kind of overwhelming. It's humbling.
I usually make small sculptures. Creating "Sycamore" was strange at first, because I had to imagine it being large. Making the mock-up was really in my realm. I got to keep it tiny.
During the day, I work at Quin's Skull and Rose Tattoo. When I was in school drawing a lot, people would always tell me, "Oh, this drawing would make a sweet tattoo. Your drawings look like tattoos, Mallory." I said, "OK. Maybe I should take a hint."
Something people might not know about me is that I'm a huge videogame nerd. We just came back from a convention this past weekend. I worked at GameStop for four years. I go to cons all over.
Three things I can't live without are sweet tea, my Nintendo DS and my family.