Interior and Fashion Design students combined their talents for a whirlwind 10 hours to bring the old Lazarus holiday displays back to life.
A holiday favorite for generations, the extravagant window displays at the downtown department store attracted shoppers from Columbus and beyond until the store shut its doors in 2004. But while the original Lazarus Building was subsequently renovated to house a number of retail and office spaces ranging from the Columbus Chamber of Commerce to the OSU Urban Arts Space, its original display windows are still in place.
Angie Black from the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. has been decorating the windows on South High Street for the last three years, and thought the opportunity would be perfect for CCAD students to display their visual expertise.
She contacted CCAD in October, and students got to work on designs for her approval.
Dazzling holiday scenes now fill two windows with 120 hand-painted ornaments, dresses made out of wrapping paper, paper trees, and strings of lights.
“[The students] did [the displays] in one day, which was just amazing to me,” Black said. “They deserve every bit of the attention.”
The displays can be seen from the High Street side of the Lazarus Building, located at 50 W. Town St., Columbus, Ohio, 43215. They will be on display through the first week on January.
Student participants included Fashion Design seniors Kat Khadzko from Shawnee, OH (Miller High School), and Audrey Swart from Thornville, OH (Lakewood High School); Interior Design seniors Courtney Gula from Dayton, OH (Ursuline Academy), Abby Figlestahler from Minford, OH (Minford High School), Aurora Fregoso from Columbus, OH, Hannah Howard from Delaware, OH (Buckeye Valley High School), Hillary Hutchings from Garrettsville, OH (James A. Garfield High School), Marie Lisman from Westerville, OH (Westerville South High School), Chelsea McGuire from Wharton, OH (Upper Sandusky High School), Kassandra Quintero from Columbus, OH, Zach Schumacher from Marshalltown, IA (Shelby Senior High School), and Carolyn Zurawka from Beavercreek, OH (Beavercreek High School); and Fashion Design junior Cleo Slough from Lawrence, KS (Lawrence Free State High School).
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