CCAD grad creates canopy for Westerville park

anthony ball "natures first green" canopy

CCAD grad Anthony M. Ball (Fine Arts, 1995) has been commissioned by the City of Westerville to create a structural canopy for a public park.

The project, called Nature’s First Green, will standard nearly 17 feet tall and occupy a 23-foot span in a new play area in Towers Park.

Ball co-founded the Columbus-based studio Tork Collaborative Arts and is best known for his contributions for the international exhibition Savage Gardens. He says he’s thrilled to work on the project.

It “walks to the very edge of sculpture and knocks on the door of architecture,” Ball says. (In fact, he enlisted Columbus architect Tim Lai to provide oversight.)

Despite being wider in scope than past projects, Ball says it is “well within my wheelhouse” and encompasses many of the skills that he has developed over his 25-year-career. He prefers that his art be in accessible spaces like public parks, making the City of Westerville a great match for what he calls his largest and most ambitious project to date.

"Westerville understands the importance of art accessibility and art in the public space,” Ball says.