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THE MAKERS MONUMENT

Submitted by City of Columbus Ohio

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Client: City of Columbus, Ohio

Location: Columbus, Ohio, OH, United States

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $450,000

Project Team

Artist

Mark Reigelman

Project Coordinator

Lori Baudro

City of Columbus

Curator/Project Management

Amanda Golden

Designing Local

Artist and Public Art Curator

Marc Pally

Marc Pally

Fabricator

Tom Bollinger

Bollinger Atelier

Construction Coordinator

Rick Martine

Setterlin Building Company

Structural Enginnner

Alex Nefedov

Laufs Engineering Design

Illumination

Lindsay Stefans

Francis Krahe & Associates

Writer

Cleo Abramin

Gallery Owner

Michele Brandt

Brandt Roberts Gallery

Photographer

Abby Kamagate

Videographer

Aaron Blevins

Overview

From the region’s indigenous earthworks dating back thousands of years to the sprawling network of navigable canals and railroads developed throughout the 19th century, Columbus’ tradition of making and manufacturing is embedded within the city’s historical and topographical memory. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, Columbus was flecked with hundreds of shops and facilities producing everything from toothpicks to locomotives. Situated within this manufacturing epicenter, THE MAKERS MONUMENT memorializes High Street’s position as a maker hub and celebrates the region’s ever-evolving landscape.

Extending from the earth in a tectonic fragment, the outstretched crystals nod to the region’s many accumulated deposits. Its lace-like surface, an assembly of interlocking cutouts ranging from rocking horses to axes to whistles, diagrams the vast collection of items made within the city limits. Light seeps through its perforated silhouette in varying patterns that shift throughout the day, recalling the city’s production history while reflecting the vibrant activity along High Street. THE MAKERS MONUMENT invites viewers to investigate its steel latticework, considering the puzzle of objects that influenced the region’s handcrafted lineage and its current practices of making.

Goals

From its inception, The Makers Monument was meant to be a signature artwork in the landscape. It was intended to celebrate the dynamic location, at the confluence of the Short North neighborhood and the southern University District and inspire togetherness. Since the Artwork focuses on High Street’s maker history the artwork highlights the regions unique maker culture while acting as a transformative element in the streetscape. Boldness was a key element in the design of the Maker Monument however it was essential for the monumental work to still feel grounded and integrated into the site. The strong angular form protruding spectacularly from the ground and over the walkway is intentionally jarring but simultaneously the perforated structural façade and subtly reflective surface allows the artwork to feel connected to the surrounding environment. The Makers Monument makes a bold statement about the richness of Columbus maker culture but also feels tailored and connected to the streetscape.

Process

The process and collaborative effort required for this project was incredibly complex. An incredible team of specialized individuals was assembled for the successful implementation of The Makers Monument ranging from Lighting Designers, Landscape Architects, Structural Engineers to Contractors, Historians and Fabricators.
The fabrication process was intense! The pattern that creates the structural skin of the artwork was created over many months with the assistance of a team of Computational Designers. Together the Artist and Designer developed a series of algorithms that allowed them to disperse the various object silhouettes across the complex geometric surface evenly, randomly, and with a specific amount of overlap. All of which ensured a structural surface was maintained since the Artist didn't want anything on the artwork’s interior to interfere with the passage of light through the perforated surface. From there, the digital model was broken up into hundreds of individual digital faces that were laser-cut and bent to shape in the final artwork material, stainless steel. These stainless-steel parts were then meticulously assembled over many months, with each artwork part welded to the adjacent facet until the final 20’ tall and 7,000 lb. sculpture was complete.

Additional Information

From its inception, The Makers Monument was meant to be a signature artwork in the landscape. It was intended to celebrate the dynamic location, at the confluence of the Short North neighborhood and the southern University District and inspire togetherness. Since the Artwork focuses on High Street’s maker history the artwork highlights the regions unique maker culture while acting as a transformative element in the streetscape. Boldness was a key element in the design of the Maker Monument however it was essential for the monumental work to still feel grounded and integrated into the site. The strong angular form protruding spectacularly from the ground and over the walkway is intentionally jarring but simultaneously the perforated structural façade and subtly reflective surface allows the artwork to feel connected to the surrounding environment. The Makers Monument makes a bold statement about the richness of Columbus maker culture but also feels tailored and connected to the streetscape.