City of Columbus
Mayor's Public Art Committee
Repairs to Flamenco
One of Columbus’ most beloved sculptures is undergoing much-needed repairs. Flamenco by Ruth Aizuss Migdal was brought to Columbus in 2014 as part of CAAC’s Columbus Sculpture Biennial. The artwork was purchased through community donations and became a permanent piece in the City’s collection in 2016.
The sculpture has broken welds, fading paint, and damage from graffiti. These repairs are funded by CAAC's Public Art Longevity Fund, established through "Fund a Need" at Uncommon Cause in 2022. Through partnerships, we make the most of these donations, ensuring the maintenance of our community's public art assets.
Brooke Hawkins, executive director of the Columbus Area Arts Council and chairperson of the Mayor’s Public Art Committee, said the piece has needed repair for some time. “The piece has broken welds, fading paint and has been graffitied a few times over the years.”
As the intersection of 4th and Washington is currently closed for the installation of Interoculous, one of the installations of the upcoming Exhibit Columbus exhibition, Hawkins said the timing is suitable for the repair work. “We worked with City officials and the Exhibit Columbus team to coordinate the best time to remove the piece. To keep costs low, we used the onsite crane from the Interoculous installation,” she said.
The repairs are being paid for through the Arts Council’s Public Art Longevity Fund – a fund started in 2022 dedicated to providing maintenance dollars for the preservation and maintenance of our community’s public art assets.
Arts leaders are in discussion with the City of Columbus to explore potential permanent locations downtown for the piece upon completion of the repair work. Flamenco has been sitting unanchored on the sidewalk since 2014. Hawkins said the sculpture was never properly installed because the intention was for it to only be on view temporarily. “Flamenco deserves to be cared for properly, and that includes installing it correctly and finding a location where it can be viewed without obstruction,” she said.
The Arts Council contracted Indianapolis-based company Brose Partington Studio to repair and paint the piece. In addition to his own studio practice, the Studio specializes in the maintenance and restoration of art objects. Flamenco was transported to the studio in Indianapolis where the work will be completed. Migdal was consulted on the project to match the paint color and surface finish.
Public Art Longevity Fund
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Public Art Longevity Fund. Your generosity allows us to ensure the enduring presence and impact of public art in our community.
Eos by Dessa Kirk
Image by Don Nissen, Columbus Area Visitors Center
Mayor's Public Art Committee (MPAC) Members
Mary Harmon, Community Volunteer, Appointed by Mayor
Daniel Martinez, J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, Appointed by Mayor
(Open), Local Artist, Appointed by Mayor
Grace Kestler, City Council Representative
Richard McCoy, Landmark Columbus Foundation Designee
(Open), BCSC Designee
Jennifer Riley, J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, Post-Secondary Institution Designee
Shanda Sasse, The Commons, Columbus City Parks Designee
Erin Hawkins, Columbus Area Visitor's Center Designee
Tricia Gilson, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives Designee
Brooke Hawkins, Non-voting - Director of Columbus Area Arts Council
Mary Ferdon, Non-voting - City of Columbus Administration Designee
The Mayor of Columbus created and established this public art committee to encourage the creation, installation, proper insurance coverage, and maintenance of public art in Columbus, through both public and private initiatives.
Jackson Street Parking Garage Mural
Image by Tony Vasquez