Columbus’ architectural legacy and its impact on the community started with investments made in the schools. The commissioning of innovative, well designed educational facilities helped lead to what can be seen today: a quality, forward-thinking educational system. What once began as a way to make the public school experience better for children has now become a core leadership value of the city.

Inspired by Miller's vision, Exhibit Columbus seeks to educate the next generation of the Columbus community about its design heritage through the High School Design Team. Students from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) will create an installation as part of 2019 exhibition.

2019 High School Design Team Leaders

Payton Donica
Dylan Gahimer
Arleth Landero Gonzalez
Chase Jones
Cameryn Kent
Maika Shibata
Cameron Swan
Darin Johnson, C4 Instructor

The influence of architecture with which we are surrounded in our youth affects our lives, our standards, our tastes when we are grown, just as the influence of the parents and teachers with which we are surrounded in our youth affects us as adults.

– J. Irwin Miller

Located on the lot at 4th and Pearl streets opposite St. Peter's Lutheran Church, DENCITY reflects the notion of diversity in density in Columbus. The pillars represent the growth of both aspects within the Columbus community and the design takes inspiration from the Bartholomew County Veteran’s Memorial. Composed of 22 individual 8-foot-tall pillars arranged in a 20-foot-wide circle with a live tree at its midpoint, the installation's columns vary in height, shape, and space depicting the disbursement of the community away from the city center.

The central pillars represent the voices of youth in Columbus today, and will feature a collage of artwork that wraps around the interior created by BCSC high school students. This display of students’ perspectives on what Columbus means to them is meant to provide a better understanding of how young people living in Columbus understand the city in which they live.


DENCITY can be viewed from the sidewalk or a flat grassy area. Grass may be damp or muddy due to weather.

The installation is called DENCITY as it relates to the aspect of urban density we wanted to highlight with the installation as well as how it connects to the city of Columbus.

- Cameron Swan, High School Design Team Leader

Exhibit Columbus partnered with filmmaking collaborative Spirit of Space to tell the stories behind the designs in the exhibition. Hear from the High School Design Team Leaders who designed, created, and built DENCITY for the 2019 Exhibition: Good Design and the Community.

High School Design Team – 2019 Exhibition from Exhibit Columbus on Vimeo.