16TH STREET NEIGHBORHOOD
ASPHALT ART PROJECT
About the Project
The asphalt artwork is a ground plane mural installed along 16th Street between the intersections of Home Avenue and Union Street, near a residential neighborhood and budding commercial node. This project is made possible by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative grant program with additional support from the City of Columbus and Columbus Regional Health (CRH) Healthy Communities.
Key Project Goals
Transform the neighborhood with a visually appealing artwork that inspires and uplifts residents and visitors.
Improve walkability, street and pedestrian safety, and increase foot traffic in the designated area.
Enhance social connectivity and economic growth through creative placemaking and art activation.
About the Artist Team: Cory Robinson and Shamira Wilson
Cory Robinson is an artist, designer, and professor at the Herron School of Art and Design - IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN. He has an MFA in Applied Design from San Diego State University. His bodies of artwork represent many different explorations within the field of furniture design and contemporary art. The work, spanning nearly 20 years, embodies numerous concepts including; the creation of form using unique manufacturing processes, designing objects as a way to relay a narrative and recently a study of form and color with works on paper and other 2-D materials.
Shamira Wilson is an Indianapolis-based interdisciplinary visual artist. She received a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University in 2004, and has studied Furniture Design at the Herron School of Art and Design. Her current work uses textiles, architecture, and plants as metaphors to speak about connections and cycles of care in our relationships to ourselves and our communities, and to explore stewardship to the environment. Through this work she is expanding on the artistic traditions of women who have used gardening, quilting, and storytelling as a tool to share aspects of everyday life, the spiritual practices of Black and indigenous communities, and to share information across generations.
About the Design
Wilson and Robinson’s approach to the 16th Street project builds on strengths and similarities between the individual artists, while striving to find new ways of working with shared themes to explore new ideas for the site. Playing with the vocabulary of grids, muted and vibrant color palettes and a series of repeated “leaf” shapes has led the creative team to the initial proposal.