"Carousel for Companionship" Installation Opens at Exhibit Columbus Biennial
Exhibit Columbus is a biennial of community-oriented architecture, design, and art that activates the modern legacy of Columbus, Indiana. The installation is the culmination of Altshuler’s 2023 University Design Research Fellowship awarded by the Landmark Columbus Foundation. The Carousel for Companionship installation features a rotating platform that is manually operated by community members to facilitate public programming, performances, and play. The platform’s shapely profiles, sampled from the city’s iconic architecture, operate in visual tandem with supergraphic murals that activate existing surfaces on an underutilized site in Columbus’ downtown district. One-part public art, one-part open-air stage, and one-part viewing machine, the platform and graphics collectively create an animated social infrastructure and public space that engages with the adjacent downtown streetscape. Altshuler will be participating in the ‘Activations in Place’ symposium in Columbus on November 2–3, a two-day event brings together state and national experts in creating permanent and temporary quality-of-place amenities with the seven University Design Research Fellows from the 2023 Exhibition.
Exhibit Columbus biennial is free and open daily to the public, and runs through November 26th.