Another Piece of the Puzzle
by Matthew Williams
June 17–19 was a busy weekend in Harrison West and the Short North. The Gay Pride Parade—a celebration of the diversity of our city and our neighborhood—marched from downtown to the Pride Festival in Goodale Park on Saturday. Sunday, of course, was Father’s Day—a celebration of families and the men who, along with mothers, protect and nurture them. On Friday, though, the Short North neighborhoods had yet another reason to celebrate. Riparian, Amanda C. Vandeberg’s sculpture selected in 2009 to grace Harrison Park, was installed.
Vandenberg’s abstract sculpture in teal, purple, and silver, now sits proudly beside the Olentangy Greenway Trail adjacent to the Harrison Park Condo Community Center. The piece represents a successful union between built and natural environments—a fitting commentary on Harrison Park. It joins Sycamore, the second sculpture selected in 2009, along the Trail. Riparian and Sycamore will be joined later this year by two additional sculptures that the community selected in 2011.
Over the next few weeks, the semi-circular flowerbed that surrounds Riparian will populated by rock turtles and will be planted up with a variety of complementary plant material. The base of the sculpture will be covered over with mulch.
Congratulations, Short North! Your support of the Harrison Park Art Project is continuing to bear fruit. If you would like to contribute to the Harrison Park Art Fund, which finances $3,000 awards to each of the CCAD students with winning designs, please send a check, made payable to “Short North Foundation” to:
Short North Foundation
120 W. Goodale
Columbus, OH 43215
Please also note on your check that your contribution is for the “Harrison Park Art Fund.”