Exhibit Columbus organizers looking for community volunteers

It will take more than world-class international designers to build the 19 Exhibit Columbus temporary architectural installations which will open Aug. 24.

It will take you — residents of Columbus and Bartholomew County — to assist.

A range of the builders are busy fabricating pieces of their planned works for the free event celebrating art, architecture and design. But they’re also asking for community involvement in ways as varied as their designs.

That news surfaced amid an Exhibit Columbus community update presentation Wednesday afternoon at Columbus City Hall. About 30 people, from Columbus Area Visitors Center tour guides to local business owners attended to hear Anne Surak, director of exhibitions, offer a fast-paced overview of the event slated to run through Dec. 1 throughout Columbus.

“We intentionally selected design studios that work that way (with the public),” Surak said.

Richard McCoy, executive director of Landmark Columbus, the umbrella agency over Exhibit Columbus, said organizers intentionally looked for designers who are in tune with the Columbus legacy.

“There’s a movement happening in architecture and design where designers are more socially aware and their projects in general are more socially engaged,” McCoy said.

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