Preview: Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project

  • Photos by Tim Johnson
By Columbus Alive
From the September 27, 2012 edition

Passersby of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease on East Gay Street may double take at the prestigious law firm’s new window display. A buttoned-up portrayal of the legal profession it is not.

Inside the small space is an installation artwork by Brian Reaume titled “Then Now Beyond,” a thoughtful piece that alludes to the hardened souls who once called Columbus home.

Reaume is just one of 13 local artists represented in the Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project, a collaboration between the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Artists Stephanie Rond and Amandda Tirey Graham managed the project.

Ten artistic window displays in downtown businesses in the Capitol Square area comprise CAP-UP. The artists behind each display were selected by a jury that read proposals they submitted earlier this year. Artists were asked to create a display that either looked toward the future of the capital city or hearkened to its past.

Artist Kimberly Webb did the latter. Her triptych outside and in the windows of Sprint on the corner of Gay and High streets references the native Americans of central Ohio. She carved and burnt portraits of natives on green wood that will warp and change shape as time passes. In the middle is a garden brimming with plants native to Ohio and wooden pieces that explain what the people used to use the plants for medicinally. There’s even a wood burnt plaque with a QR code that connects to Webb’s blog, a powerful juxtaposition a nature and technology.

The window installations are all within walking distance of each other. The goal is to make downtown Columbus a place where art and commerce complement each other and mutually attract people to its streets.