Exhibit Columbus gaming installation to find new home on Fourth Street

A popular Exhibit Columbus installation will find a new home along Fourth Street, according to city officials.

According to Heather Pope, director of redevelopment for the city of Columbus, part of the Ground Rules exhibit that was in front of the Cummins Corporate Office Building along Fifth and Brown Streets will be moved to a temporary location on Fourth Street. She said the installation was a good example of a “parklet”, an urban planning term for a small extension of a sidewalk and curb cut that allows for a community gathering place.

Pope said that the new location will be temporary, but hopes that it will last for several years depending on how it holds up to the elements. It is being dismantled and reassembled by the city’s Department of Public Works. She said depending on the weather, the city hopes to have it reinstalled by mid-March and available for use during the weekend of the Solar Eclipse.

The installation was created by designers Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless and was constructed primarily of discarded lumber from construction sites. It was designed in seven-foot wide modules the size of a parking space, so that it could be moved to new locations. It offered an elevated playing surface and seating so bystanders could play games such as bocce, cornhole or lawn bowling under the shade of the Cummins trellis.

The 2023 Exhibit Columbus theme was Public by Design and the installations were in place and open to the public from August through late November.

Ground Rules installation photo courtesy of Exhibit Columbus.