public art map for downtown Columbus
map to public art, photo side

Free map to popular downtown art installations

Pick up a free map to the installations (front and back shown above) at the Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street – located right next to the library.

To learn about ALL of the (many more) art installations in Columbus, visit the public art page.

Yellow neon chandelier detail, Dale Chihuly, Columbus, Indiana

Dale Chihuly – yellow neon chandelier and persians

Yellow Neon Chandelier, by artist Dale Chihuly, contains 900 hand-blown elements in shades of vibrant yellow. The installation is nine feet tall and six feet across at its widest point. It has 50-feet of neon and weighs 1,200 pounds.

The Persians, a common form used by Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly, demonstrate old-world influence and a powerful use of color. The hand-spun glass plates are installed within the two-story bay window surrounding an open staircase at the Columbus Area Visitors Center.

The Chihuly installation was a gift from J. Irwin and Xenia Miller in 1995.

Columbus Indiana Visitors Center signage - by Paul Rand

Paul Rand – Dancing C signage

In 1962, Paul Rand, perhaps America’s most celebrated graphic artist, created the trademarked corporate logo and identity for Cummins Engine Company. Among his noteworthy designs are iconic logos for ABC, Westinghouse, IBM, and UPS. He worked  projects for Cummins for over three decades, from 1961-1996.

For the Columbus Area Visitors Center, he created the colorful “dancing Cs” in 1974 and incorporated it into this signage – he also created letterhead, visitors maps, architectural tour markers, and the first editions of the Look At Architecture book. This design has been incorporated for many purposes located throughout the city – watch for the Dancing C bike racks!

This page is in progress, more to come…