Walk this way to Columbus’ most unique art

In a city filled with art and architecture, it is easy for residents to miss some of the works that line Columbus streets.

That’s why Landmark Columbus, a group dedicated to preserving the look and legacy of Columbus art, is hosting a public art walking tour to highlight some of the city’s most unique works.

Ricky Berkey of Landmark Columbus will lead a group of 25 people Oct. 24 on a cross-town viewing tour of 25 works of art and architecture in Columbus.

The event is part of the month-long Walktober event, a Reach Healthy Communities initiative to promote physical activity among Columbus residents.

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While participants will pause briefly at each of the stops on the tour, there will not be an in-depth discussion of the pieces’ history. Instead, Berkey will provide a brief synopsis of the works and will then move the tour along.

The day will begin at Large Arch, the bronze sculpture located outside of the Bartholomew County Public library, and will end at Chaos I in The Commons. The two-mile route will likely take 1.5 hours to complete.

“Ricky and I worked together as a team to pick the best and safest walking route,” said Richard McCoy, Landmark Columbus director. “This is meant to be a fun walking tour.”

Walkers should gather at Large Arch by 1:30 p.m. that day to begin the tour.

The event is free, but registration is required because space is limited.

Berkey’s tour can accommodate up to 25 people, but a second tour guide likely can be added for another group of 25, McCoy said.

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The 25 pieces of public art participants will see on the tour include:

  • Large Arch, Henry Moore
  • Modern Totem, Martin Beach
  • Yellow Neon Chandelier, Dale Chihuly
  • Persians, Dale Chihuly
  • Dancing C’s, Paul Rand
  • Columbus Bicycle Racks, based on a design by Paul Rand
  • Oscill8, Nicole Beck
  • KTA50′ Engine Sculpture, Tallix Foundry
  • Exploded Engine, Rudolph de Harak
  • La Diva II, Ruth Aizuss Migdal
  • EOS, Dessa Kirk
  • Skopos, Ric Bauer
  • Ancestral Way, Robert PUlley
  • Crack the Whip, Jo Saylors
  • Counterpoint, Dale Enochs
  • Daquiqi, Peter Lundberg
  • Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans, Maryann Thompson and Charles Rose
  • It’s All About Electricity, Richard Herzog
  • Emergence II, Eric W. Stephenson
  • Bicentennial Fountain, Tom Stephens and C.R. Schiefer
  • Friendship Alley Neon Sculpture, Cork Marcheschi
  • Flamenco, Ruth Aizuss Migdal
  • 2 Arcs de 212.5°, Benar Venet
  • Chaos I, Jean Tinguely

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To register for the Oct. 24 public art walking tour, visit landmarkcolumbus.eventbrite.com or go to the Landmark Columbus Facebook page, where the event is also posted.

For more information about the tour, contact Ricky Berkey at [email protected].