For the 2017 exhibition Exhibit Columbus worked with five leading international design galleries to create innovative installations along Washington Street – Columbus’ “main street.” Each of the five galleries selected one designer from its stable, and each designer was challenged to create an object or experience that enhances human interaction and connection and that inspires community conversations about the role of design in daily life.
Columbus Circles by PRODUCTORA (Mexico City) Selected by Maniera (Brussels)
PAUSE by Pettersen & Hein (Copenhagen) Selected by Etage Projects (Copenhagen)
Playhouse by Snarkitecture (New York) Selected by Volume Gallery (Chicago)
Window to Columbus by Formafantasma (Amsterdam) Selected by Dzek (London)
Theoretical Foyer by Cody Hoyt (Brooklyn) Selected by Patrick Parrish Gallery (New York City)
PRODUCTORA inserts a series of circular elements attached to building
facades along Washington Street, allowing pedestrians a place of rest
along the street in an unexpected moment of beauty. Each element
interacts in a different way with the surrounding context, highlighting
unique narratives of the social and spatial history of the streetscape.
This work fits into the larger themes that PRODUCTORA explores using
specific architectural interventions to re-define, re-organize, and give
new meaning to the surrounding context.
The five components of Columbus Circles were produced at M Concrete Studio in Columbus, Ohio. The dyed concrete forms are embedded with an aggregate material that only reveals itself on the surface when the concrete is sanded and polished. Each Circle was custom-cut to fit around architectural features along Washington Street and finished with polished metal tops to reflect the surrounding streetscapes.
Pettersen & Hein have created a series of concrete benches that
interact with Columbus’ unique design history and physical setting in
their expression, colors, function, and material.
is a series of spatial sculptures, which at once call for a meeting, a
break, and the start of a dialogue. Dialogue is also the starting point
for the design, which relates directly to Alexander Girard's original
1964 streetscape color scheme for Washington Street — a hallmark of the
street. Many of the buildings have since been repainted, making PAUSE an
ode to Girard's innovative color codes.
Snarkitecture’s installation, Playhouse,
is unexpectedly inserted in an alleyway between Third and Fourth
Streets, introducing a dramatic spatial shift from the two to four story
buildings that form the street front of Washington street. Using forced
perspective to create the illusion of unexpected depth, Playhouse is an
immersive environment open to all, but only fully explorable by
children due to the diminishing scale. Continuous seating reinforces the
depth of the forced perspective and provides a place of rest and social
Playhouse is intended to bring people together and encourage engagement with architecture in a playful and inclusive setting.
Window to Columbus is a volcanic glazed brick wall with an inset window. This window will serve as a mini-museum with a fortnightly exhibition telling stories about the materials that have helped to define Washington Street and the architecture of Columbus at large. The six exhibitions are co-curated by Formafantasma and Tricia Gilson of Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives.
Cody Hoyt’s installation transforms the corner of Seventh Street and
Washington Street by replacing more than 2500 existing monochromatic
sidewalk bricks with new and brightly colored concrete bricks fabricated
in Columbus. Using the colors from the Alexander Girard-designed seat
cushions at the Miller House and Garden, Hoyt has created a vibrant
motif that invites visitors to imagine new ways to use this corner as a
platform for events and happenings.