Earlier this month, the City of Columbus announced that four artists have been tapped to create new public art installations on the Starling Garage, which is currently under construction on the site of The Peninsula development. These four artists include local muralists Adam Hernandez, Nick Stull and Lucie Shearer, as well as architecture and design firm Studio KCA.
The public art was commissioned by the City of Columbus with a budget of $250,000 through the Columbus Art Commission. A total of 81 applications were submitted for the project.
“These vibrant works of art will strengthen our sense of community connection by celebrating our city’s diversity, openness and optimism,” Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said in a press release. “Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty, rich history and cultural diversity of Franklinton and the Scioto Mile, these artists and their respective works of art will invite guests to The Peninsula to reflect on who we are as a community. and what we will become.
Three of the works will take the form of murals while Studio KCA’s installation is a sculpture of bird figures called ‘Gather and Flow’ which will illuminate with LED lighting at night.
Installation of the public artwork will take place this spring before the garage opens in June.
The first phase of the peninsula development includes four buildings in addition to the two parking structures. These four buildings will house more than 230,000 square feet of office space, 329 residential units and a 198-room hotel. Phase two will feature a 34-story mixed-use tower that will include a mix of residences, retail offices and parking.
“On the peninsula, we’re building places where people can live, work and play, and public art is part of the unique urban fabric that will make it a popular destination,” said CDDC Chair Amy Taylor. “We are thrilled the city is showcasing such talented artists, who have captured the soul of this new neighborhood, embracing the bend in the Scioto River that literally defines the peninsula while embodying energy, inclusion and openness. of Columbus.”
For more information, visit columbusddc.com/scioto-peninsula.