A Photo Round-Up of Some Things My Mom Sees on Her Walk Home from Work, Part 1: Public Art

My mom works and lives downtown. She takes different routes to and from her job, depending on weather, inclination, and schedule. She’s lucky to see the city from such an intimate angle. Being on foot allows her to stop and actually look at things, to take them in with consideration and deep thought. Columbus is a city awash with public art. It’s everywhere you turn: bold, unique, subtle, provocative, demanding attention, always evolving. Boredom is turned away; it has no place there. I accompanied my mom on her Wednesday commute. I am a writer, but the profound human experience conjured by urban surroundings-gritty, beautiful, humorous- is one of the things that fuels my creativity. These images represent a handful of the aesthetic wonders we saw that rainy day, that she sees several times a week as a matter of routine. Lucky lady.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”-Pablo Picasso

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.”-Oscar Wilde

25 thoughts on “A Photo Round-Up of Some Things My Mom Sees on Her Walk Home from Work, Part 1: Public Art

  1. Love that you accompanied your mom and see what she sees. So interesting that this city values public art; always does my heart good. Is your mom offended by graffiti? I am washing the dust off my soul this morning, in my studio. Thanks, maedez.


    • I usually accompany her to work once every visit home. Her boss and co-worker came to my wedding a couple of years ago, so we are just one big happy.

      My mom is extremely artistic and modern. She is definitely not offended by graffiti, although what you see in these photos is officially sanctioned art and not vandalism (which has its place, too).


  2. I love embedded works of art whether they be graffiti (sanctioned or not), statues, etc. What I love most are the works of art that are slightly hidden so you’d miss it if you weren’t paying attention. Those are my favorite πŸ™‚


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