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Longest piece of public art in city history to hang 100-plus feet above Downtown Columbus

Longest piece of public art in city history to hang 100-plus feet above Downtown Columbus

Jack McLaughlin

Before this summer begins, the city’s longest-ever public artwork will find a home high above the streets of Downtown Columbus,

“Current,” a 229 foot-long soft fiber sculpture, will be unveiled on June 1.

The sculpture, which will serve as the city’s longest-ever piece of public art, will hang from 126 feet in the air at its highest point, suspended from buildings at the intersections of Gay Street and High Street.

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The sculpture will be made from a whopping 78 miles of twine, crafted into more than 500,000 knots that will band together to form “blue and red cloud like abstractions.”

The massive new piece of public art is created by international artist Janet Echelman, whose many whimsical, biomorphic artworks include elements of “Sculpture, Architecture, Urban Design, Material Science, Structural & Aeronautical Engineering, and Computer Science,” according to the artist’s website.

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