The vision of J. Irwin Miller, the former Cummins chairman and philanthropist who started the city’s architecture program, is alive and well. The five winning entries of the inaugural Miller Prize are proof.

Exhibit Columbus, the city’s inaugural symposium last fall to celebrate its design heritage, had as its centerpiece the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition. The event had 10 semifinalists present their concepts to a jury of international leaders in art, architecture and design.

Exhibit Columbus is a project of Landmark Columbus, a program of Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

Landmark Columbus’ new exhibition will premiere Aug. 26 at five sites along Fifth Street — a city ranked sixth-most architecturally significant in the nation by The American Institute of Architects — and stretch for about three months, according to organizers.

The winners were announced Jan. 8, and the imagination shown by the designers simply makes one wonder how people dream such creative things. They incorporated elements of space, geometry and nature, among others, to create new, useful settings for residents to enjoy.

These installations are sure to be conversation pieces and keep Columbus on the cutting edge of architecture with a world-renowned reputation.

It’s probably safe to say that J. Irwin Miller would be pleased by the competition and the first winning creations.

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