Public Art Walk

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

9. Mona Lisa Mural

742 N. Pearl St., Short North

Short North developer Sandy Wood and Citizens for a Better Skyline are behind this piece, now synonymous with the neighborhood. It's a little off the main drag, on the side of a 1920s Pearl Street building once home to an auto body shop and now called, fittingly, the Mona Lisa Condominiums. Leonardo da Vinci's distinctive 16th-century portrait was reinterpreted by Brian Clemons, owner of Optic Nerve, a local commercial art company that creates large-scale murals and other works. He painted the sideways mural in 1990, and it's been restored twice, in 2001 and 2005.