Ivy Tech School of Art and Design students will learn Monday which of their mural designs will brighten the area leading into the Jackson Street Garage just in time for county residents to celebrate the state’s bicentennial.
Twenty designs from the college students and an additional four from a group of high school students who participated in a summer camp program at the college, were unveiled Wednesday at Columbus City Hall. The designs are part of the Urban Walls Project for course participants, who wore T-shirts with the name at the presentation.
Community members who attended were asked to vote for their favorite design by placing a dot below their choice on display boards around the room. The students stood near their murals for more than an hour, answering questions and explaining the thought process and ideas behind their design.
Design student Alexander Mbaye, who is originally from Senegal, had about 10 votes for his mural, “Modernism and Historical Influences.” Mbaye said he hoped his design would show how art travels through history and from different parts of the world and can be found reflected in Columbus and its architecture.
“European movements from Swiss design to Bauhaus influenced the thinking and design disciplines of many of the architects and designers who shaped Columbus,” Mbaye wrote of his creation. “The subtle progression of these movements are reflected in the many tones of this design.”
Taking into considering the public votes, a mural review committee made up of downtown business owners, artists, public officials, tourism officials and others will select a winner Friday, with the results announced Monday.
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