Four pieces of public art to track down in Columbus


Columbus is a rad walking city, and it's loaded with hidden (and not-so-hidden) Easter eggs for the everyday pedestrian. If you're planning a visit to the coolest Midwestern city, here are four pieces of public art within a few miles of each other that you'll want to make sure you get to see in person.

Scioto Lounge Deer: Rich Street Bridge (Downtown)
Take a walk across the Scioto River on Rich Street and watch for the bronze deer overlooking the river. They were created by a Santa Fe artist named Terry Allen, and three of the creatures can be seen checking out the view like they're people. Take a look at the hashtag #SciotoLounge before you go so you can plan your photo ops accordingly.

Cats not Catcalls mural: 400 Rich Street (Franklinton)
The artists who occupy studio space at the gorgeous 400 Rich Street support cats, not catcalls. They even host the city's annual Amazing Cat Show, to raise money to support Colony Cats. Tour the gallery spaces during one of their open houses and take a selfie on your way out with this heavily Instagrammed mural. Use the hashtag #400Rich when you come to hang out.

American Gothic mural: 714 N High Street (Short North)
This mural paying homage to the famous American Gothic painting takes a new twist: The farmer's wife is painted upside down. Nearby, you can also find the popular upside down Mona Lisa, American Gothic is in the popular Short North neighborhood, specifically just around the corner from Jeni's Splendid Creams. Find it on E Lincoln Street after grabbing some goat cheese with red cherries ice cream.

The "ART" sculpture at CCAD: 60 Cleveland Avenue (Downtown)
The Columbus College of Art and Design knows exactly what it's about, and its iconic, red lettered "ART" sculpture tells you all you need to know. Put into place in 2001, the 100-foot-tall structure has become a mainstay among Columbus's most known sites.

Meryl Williams is an Ohio-based writer who loves Rilo Kiley and roller derby. Sign up for her awesome TinyLetter.