Exhibit Columbus installations already ‘growing’

Seven weeks before the new Exhibit Columbus exhibition will open, parts of the 18 planned installations are already sprouting.

And one space-in-progress may begin to be used by the public.

Two of the best examples of early beginnings surface in Miller Prize pieces now underway: MASS Design Group’s “Corn/Meal” at Central Middle School on Seventh Street, where some of the projected 10,000 corn stalks are sprouting; and Agency Landscape + Planning’s “XX” featuring a variety of now-flowering plants at the AT&T Switching Center at Seventh and Franklin streets.

At the AT&T building, Agency landscape architect Gina Ford and planner Brie Hensold, who already have installed benches around the structure, want people to know that they are welcome to gather in the still-forming space.

Actually, a local storytelling group used the area just days ago.

“It was a great way to begin using the space, and to see the capacity for it,” said Anne Surak, Exhibit Columbus’ director of exhibitions.

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