The series of Washington Street Installations was created for the Exhibit Columbus Festival, which opened last weekend in the city
For the project, curated by local designer Jonathan Nesci, five international galleries were asked to choose a designer or studio to create a temporary intervention that responded to the busy street.
The Chicago’s Volume Gallery selected New York-based Snarkitecture, which inserted a white gabled-roof shelter in an alleyway between two existing brick buildings. The Playhouse is designed to look longer than it actually is, and has benches along its two sides for members of the public to use.
Cody Hoyt, a Brooklyn designer chosen by New York-based Patrick Parrish Gallery, has used coloured concrete tiles to brighten up the street corner at Seventh and Washington. The locally produced, triangular bricks mimic the colours of Alexander Girard-designed seat cushions at the Miller House and Garden – architect Eero Saarinen‘s famous residence in the city.
Their Stairway to Columbus installation made from glazed volcanic brick incorporates a window, and is located outside the Heritage Fund building.
For the final two interventions, Danish studio Pettersen & Hein has added a range of colourful concrete street furniture, while Mexico City’s Productora has designed nine circular seats that fit around existing architectural elements along the street.
Photography by Hadley Fruits