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Public art is one of the things we love most about Columbus.
So whenever more public art is announced, you can bet that we’ll be waiting nearby to take it all in. The Harrison West Mural Project has big plans for a tunnel on the Olentangy Trail. The area gets a lot of foot traffic, over 500,000 visitors per year, to be exact. That’s what makes it the perfect place to add some vibrant new art.
The walls surrounding the tunnel and the tunnel itself could definitely use a facelift, and Harrison West Arts are happy to take on the challenge.
The theme of the upcoming mural will be “Lean Into Change” which will highlight the idea of our environments, lives, and circumstances constantly changing. I think it’s safe to say that’s a topic we can all relate to after the year we’ve had.
If all goes according to plan, murals will be installed on both of the exterior walls near the tunnel under 315 N. The changes will also include new lighting in the tunnel, which if we’re being honest, doesn’t give off the best vibes in its current, dimly lit condition.
The muralist bringing this new art to life is Ashley Pierce. A local mixed-media artist, Pierce has a unique style and there’s a good chance you’ve already had the pleasure of viewing some of her mural work around the city.
In addition to the revamped lighting and new artwork, a general clean-up of the area will take place and new trees will be planted along the trail. The project is expected to take three years to complete.
If you’re interested in following along with the progress, you can check out the Harrison West Arts website here.
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