Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012 – Overview
Planned in conjunction with 200Columbus the Bicentennial, Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012 will take place throughout the year in public spaces, plazas, parks, streets, and alleys in the downtown core and the riverfront. Finding Time will transform downtown into an open-air gallery with 14 temporary public art projects by more than 50 international, national, and local artists that will create memorable experiences for downtown workers, residents, and visitors.
This project represents a public and private partnership between the Columbus Art Commission, the City of Columbus, Ohio State University, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, and many others.
Reflecting the broad range of contemporary public art in multiple forms and media, projects range from the familiar—sculpture and murals—to unexpected installations, sound works, and site-specific performances and installations in nontraditional sites, including COTA busses, church bells, and surface parking lots. Site-responsive artworks will explore the physical and philosophical measurement of time, generating questions on the notion of time, passing of time, use of time, measurement of time, the chronology of life, world time, and the notion of temporary and permanent.
Through the juxtaposition of simple and grand, familiar and new, profound and whimsical, Finding Time aims to inspire citizens and visitors to see Columbus and themselves with fresh eyes. By demonstrating the value of art in the public realm, this initiative aims to spur the ongoing integration of public art into the fabric of the city.
Finding Time addresses three of the ten core principles of the 2010 Downtown Columbus Strategic Plan: invest in arts and culture, develop parks and public spaces, and celebrate the urban experience that only exists downtown. In addition to bringing energy and economic growth to underused and overlooked parts of downtown, this project will create experiences and interactions with art as an integral part of day-to-day life
Partners of Columbus Public Art 2012 include: The Ohio State University, Columbus Art Commission, Capital Crossroads SID, City of Columbus, Columbus Museum of Art and Greater Columbus Arts Council.