Some Exhibit Columbus installations sticking around

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Exhibit: "Wiikiaami," Miller Prize professional installation Designer: Chris Cornelius, studio:indigenous (Milwaukee) Location: First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St.

Some of the temporary Exhibit Columbus architectural installations have become more than passing pieces adorning the local landscape.

Four of the 18 pieces, including two Miller Prize winners, will remain in place indefinitely while their futures are decided, according to organizers.

Here is an update of the four installations remaining for now, said Richard McCoy, director of Landmark Columbus, the local umbrella agency over Exhibit Columbus:

“Wiikiaami,” by lead designer Chris Cornelius of Studio: indigenous in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will remain in front of First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St., for an undetermined time while its new locale elsewhere is decided. The see-through, rebar makeshift tepee is symbolic of the Miami Indian tribes who first came to Indiana, said Cornelius, of native American heritage himself.

“The Exchange,” by the Los Angeles-based Oyler Wu Collaborative, at the south corner of the Irwin Conference Center at Fifth and Washington streets, will stay in place for an undetermined time while a deal is worked out to send it elsewhere.

“Window to Columbus,” a glazed-brick wall with an inset window by the Amsterdam-based studio of Formafantasma, will remain until at least summer at The Heritage Fund — the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, 538 Franklin St.

“Theoretical Foyer,” by Brooklyn-based ceramacist Cody Hoyt, will remain at Seventh and Washington streets until summer before any other decision is made. McCoy mentioned that Hoyt’s colorful bricks installation, inspired by textile artist Alexander Girard multi-colored seat cushions in the Miller House, was among the first works that locals hoped would stay permanently.

“We’re exploring what will need to happen (regarding maintenance and care) for them to stay longer,” said McCoy, “and then finding them permanent homes.”

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.