Our community is proud to showcase a diverse range of public art installations, murals, and sculptures that bring beauty and inspiration to our everyday lives. From the thought-provoking and abstract to the playful and whimsical, our public art reflects the unique perspectives and talents of our local artists.
We believe that public art plays an important role in creating a vibrant and engaging community for all to enjoy. That’s why we are committed to supporting and compensating our local artists for their hard work and dedication in creating these stunning works of art.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
If you’re an artist interested in contributing to our public art initiative, we invite you to learn more about our call for artists page to submit your proposal.
The Path of Creation Dane Khy | October 2022
The Path of Creation, a mural created by artist Dane Khy (@dane.khy), gives a nod to the history of the Jerey Mining M.F.C., while foraging a community centerpiece that will encourage people to slow down and admire their surroundings.
The intentional details in the mural symbolize various elements from the history of the mural site. The mural depicts a Jerey miner sending a hummingbird, which are known to be messengers, to the present day to spread good will into the flourishing community. The detailed peonies represent the diversity within the Italian Village Community. Dogs, which
are an integral part of Khy’s murals, are also depicted. He believes that so much can be learned from dogs and their relationship to humans.
Dane is a Columbus based artist. Inspired by his curiosity in human relationships and their connection to the environment in which they live, Dane’s work largely focuses on the bond between people and their pets. He demonstrates this through a compelling line drawing, merging his subjects together to become one.
The Path of Creation is a project of the Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street Special Improvement District and the Short North Alliance.
The Path of Creation was made possible with support from the Fifth Avenue
and Fourth Street Special Improvement District and Thrive Companies.
Love Is Love: Sun and Moon Lucie Shearer | September 2022
The words “love is love” are scripted in string, an ode to the small mural by Bryan Grey that lived on this wall for a number of years. The women depicted in the mural symbolize day and night. The nostalgic use of the tin can to communicate between young friends, demonstrate that people ca be as different as night and day, yet still form a beautiful connection with one another.
Natural elements are included in fantastical ways, such as a sun and moon motif, which pair back to each woman on either side. The night side flourishes with ancient bonsai trees that bloom with stars. The sun side bursts with dandelions, producing their well-known wisps of white that float in summer air. Rainbows, stars, beams of light, swirls of smoke, flying birds, bats and bees – can also be found throughout the scene, creating a new experience every time you see this public work of art.
Lucie Shearer (@lucieshearer.art), is Columbus-based and is a full-time freelance artist, muralist, and illustrator who has completed over 20 murals since 2013. Her work emphasizes the role of collaboration and its ability to bring a community together while embracing the differences that lend to connection.
Love is Love: Sun & Moon is a project of the Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street Special Improvement District and Short North Alliance.
Love is Love: Sun & Moon was made possible with support from the Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street Special Improvement District and Alex and Seth Clarke.
Village Tapestry Nick Stull | November 2022
Village Tapestry, created by artist Nick Stull (@nick_stull_art), illuminates the harmonious diversity of the Italian Village community through specific historical content and various styles.
While Italian Village was named for the Italianate style of architecture that dominates the buildings found throughout the community, it has been an immigrant hub to many additional communities, including Greek, Irish, Lebanese, German, Polish, and African American. The design includes birds and wildflowers of Italy and Ohio, and ornate patterning representative of the Italianate and Queen Anne architectural styles that characterize the foundational style of the neighborhood’s structures.
Stylistically, the mural mixes a variety of artistic approaches, including flat geometry, delicate line-work, and realistic portraiture. This collage of visual styles and subject matter that surrounds the contemplative female figure is representative of the ethnically mixed “International Village” that Italian Village has cultivated since its inception, and continues to embody today.
Nick Stull is a Columbus-based artist whose experimental portraiture has been exhibited locally, regionally, and nationally. In addition to his studio practice, Nick owns an art & design company called Day Blink Creative, which specializes in large-scale murals, custom portraiture, and branding & design projects.
Village Tapestry is a project of the Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street Special Improvement District and the Short North Alliance.
Village Tapestry was made possible with support from the Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street Special Improvement District and the Lykens Companies.
Vinyl Head Katie Golonka | November 2022
Vinyl Head, created by artist Katie Golonka ( @cherryalleypaint ), illustrates a reference to Columbus’ underground music scene.
The mural depicts a sketch style androgynous neck and shoulders with
a melting vinyl record covering the face. Behind the head is an energetic
lighting bolt pattern, directing the eye and paying homage to the image
depicted in the building’s original architecture. In the foreground are two
bright green styluses rendered with jagged lines referencing a heartbeat
monitor. The background reveals the original wall’s brick texture to add
another layer and show the harmony between the mural and the wall.
The mural is based on the idea of the cycle of old and new, and how what is antiquated often becomes relevant again.
Katie Golonka is a Columbus-based artist who is self-taught and enjoys
working with various styles and media. Her background includes
working as a scenic artist for the Contemporary American Theatre
Company, commissioned interior and exterior murals, and fine art shows.
Vinyl Head is a project of the Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street Special Improvement District and Short North Alliance.
Vinyl Head was made possible with support from the Fifth Avenue and
Fourth Street Special Improvement District and the Lykens Companies.