Artist’s latest projects inspired by Short North construction

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Construction barrels are a common sight in the Short North.

They’re an eye-sore to many, but others, like Carol Boram-Hayes, find them inspiring.

The Short North Alliance commissioned the local artist and Columbus College of Art & Design assistant professor to create two, temporary art installations, to help people see these barriers in a new way.

“They were concerned about all of the construction going on down in the area, and how it might discourage people from coming down,” said Boram-Hayes.

To attract more visitors, Boram-Hayes used more than 150 traffic cones and barrels to create Cascades, which can be found on North High Street near Skully’s Music-Diner; and Erosion, at the corner of High and Goodale.

The sculptures, Boram-Hayes said, were inspired by the ever-changing landscape.

“All of the construction is humans’ way of changing the environment. But, there’s also natural ways of changing the environment.”

Just like the construction in the Short North, the art is only temporary. The projects will remain on display through the end of October. 

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