The city’s storied architecture takes on a new look starting Thursday. The Exhibit Columbus exhibition is the culmination of 15 months of anticipation.

The three-month exhibition features 18 temporary architectural installations that took inspiration from nearby structures, buildings or other area designs.

Local high school students created the multi-colored strand work, “Between the Threads” at Seventh and Washington streets downtown. It becomes the first piece to be officially highlighted in a 5 p.m. ceremony Thursday, although it has entertained visitors and passersby since early August.

Richard McCoy, one of the Exhibit Columbus founders and part of 12-person curatorial team, said he believes the body of new work will match in quality any other architectural exhibition in the nation.

The project, announced in May 2016, has attracted seasoned designers from all over the U.S. and seven nations, including professionals whose work stands nationwide and abroad.

“We’re hoping for a really great feeling all over town,” McCoy said.

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