A Mini-Mural Hunt

The walking tour of the Short North’s newest public art installation is worthy of your steps, but a scavenger hunt element makes everything more fun.

By Jackie Mantey

There’s something young and idealistic about outdoor art, available for all to see. Fitting, then, that the Short North Alliance’s second collection of mini-murals, called “Viewpoints,” stars work by young artists. The artworks will be on view through the year. The images were transferred to sheets of vinyl and heat-adhered to building exteriors to create the illusion that they are painted on the brick. Here are the stories behind four standouts, as well as hints on where to find them. shortnorth.org

“Lady Liberty” by Wallace Peck

"Lady Liberty" by Wallace Peck

Wallace Peck is a resident artist of Open Door Art Studio, an art education space for people with developmental disabilities. “He always paints the background first,” says Sharon Dorsey, Open Door’s art facilitator. “Sometimes he has an idea of what will go on top, but often the background will lend itself to an image.”

Location clue: You may never be a royal, but you can shop like one.


“Domesticating the African Wolf” by Maria DiFranco

"Domesticating the African Wolf" by Maria DeFranco

This northeast-Ohio artist’s work repurposes cultural and mythological visuals through a contemporary lens. “Domesticating the African Wolf” expresses the compromises we make for today’s cultural norms. The 26-year-old artist’s drawing won a Facebook battle of “likes” to earn its coveted spot in this outdoor showcase.

Location clue: Follow the star and head east on the grid.

“Good Morning” by Kate Valeska

"Good Morning" by Kate Valeska

For the Weinland Park Story Book Project, the Wexner Center for the Arts helped teens create a graphic novel about living in a quickly developing area of town. “Good Morning” is a scene from the resulting compilation of stories.

Location clue: Clothes don’t make the woman, but they don’t hurt when climbing up the business ladder, either.

“Monkey Queen” by Laine Bachman

"Monkey Queen" by Laine Bachman

“I’ve always been fascinated with portraits of royalty and the history behind the fashions of their time and wanted to honor that tradition,” Bachman says. “The Elizabethan collars with the intricate lace are impressive and beautiful to me, yet they can also seem impractical and frivolous. With that in mind, I chose the monkey to be the monarch in this piece for its many archetypal roles.”

Location clue: No green eggs and ham here.


Scavenger hunt answer key

"Monkey Queen" by Laine Bachman

1. Near Royal Factory, 1209 N. High St.

2. By Northstar and Grid Furnishings, 944 N. High St.

3. Near Dress for Success, 1204 N. High St.

4. Near Two Fish Bistro, 721 N. High St.