Alumnus Commissioned for Public Sculpture

September 8th, 2011 by Katlin McNally
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Photo courtesy of Brian Hoyt, city of Gahanna- concept model of Steve Bush's artwork

Alumnus Steve Bush (CCAD, Fine Arts, 1994) will be the first commissioned artist to feature a public piece for Creekside Plaza.

His commissioned work and the city’s program were featured in an article in Columbus Local News, which can be read here.

Bush is working to finish creating a six-foot abstract sculpture that will be placed in front of a fountain at Creekside Plaza. The sculpture was commissioned by the Parks and Recreation Foundation. The unveiling of this sculpture on Sept. 9 at the park’s Friday after Five event will mark the launch of the foundation’s public art program.

Brandi Braun, Gahanna’s assistant city administrator, comments that it will hopefully be the beginning of a tradition of annually commissioning a piece to help increase a public art presence in Downtown Gahanna.

Bush began the process by presenting five sketches to a committee of seven people. He then created models to represent the two favored designs. The final sculpture was chosen by a committee vote.

The sculpture will remain in front of the fountain for one year, and then will be moved to a permanent location in the Creekside district.

A Fine Arts major,  Bush is a metal sculptor and owner of smARTworks. smARTworks specializes in one-of-a-kind metal sculptures and functional art. Bush started the business 10 years ago and has since then produced more than 3,000 pieces. He has his work displayed in 24 states and four countries and hopes to continue expanding within the coming years.

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