Public Art: Outlying Art

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The city's urban core is definitely the place to be when it comes to public art. Down there you can see plenty with nothing but a good pair of shoes. Other stuff takes slightly more advanced transportation to enjoy. Here are two public pieces to see by bike and another pair to visit in the car.

Visit by bike:

Four seasons mural

Weinland Park Community Garden

East Sixth Avenue and North Fifth Street, Weinland Park

Wooden flowers and colorful recycled materials dot this thriving community plot outside the Godman Guild, but the centerpiece is a mural shining brightly among the tomatoes, peppers, herbs and wildflowers. Four panels depict seasons and some of the goodies harvested on site. It isn't the biggest mural in town, but it captures the garden's awesome come-together spirit.

Neighborhood mural

Rice Paddy Motorcycles

1454 N. Grant Ave., Weinland Park

This long, colorful mural just west of the Ohio State Fairgrounds remains a work in progress. Slowly but surely, community members have filled in a blank cinderblock wall with vibrant scenes from the neighborhood - waving people, vintage houses and pretty green spaces. Even with a few empty spots, the painting evokes the blocky charm of Henri Matisse.

Visit by car:

Danube River mural

The Blue Danube

2439 N. High St., North Campus

Europe's most storied river comes to life on the north side of this popular Campus eatery. More specifically, local painter Andrew Kern captured an amazing vantage of the bridge that links the Hungarian cities of Buda and Pest. The Dube turned 70 years old last month, and its new outerwear is every bit as timeless.

"Field of Corn"

Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park

4995 Rings Rd., Dublin

Working a piece of land in Dublin for nearly 30 years, farmer Sam Frantz came up with many important strains of hybrid corn. Today his plot has sprouted a completely different type -109 ears cast from concrete and standing about six feet tall. People have been arguing about the merits of Malcolm Cochran's sculpture since it went up in 1994.

Get a map

The Columbus Public Health Department recently published a guide to public art and architecture in and around the Discovery District. The Statehouse and Arena District areas are coming up next.

What's health-y about public art displays? Walking between them. The department is hoping its new Art Walks campaign will encourage residents to get up, move around and take in some public art through its planned walking tours, according to coordinator Christine Godward Green.

At each location, people can call a number and enter a code from the Art Walks map to hear more about the art or building. Pick up copies of the map at 240 S. Parsons St., or find it online at