The neighborhoods within the Livingston Area Avenue Commission and the Neighborhood Design Center held a dedication for the recently installed streetcar sculpture in Livingston Park, near the intersection of Livingston Avenue and 18th Street.
Image by Ryan Hillyer
The dedication of this sculpture concludes a three year process made possible through funding from the City of Columbus, the Columbus Foundation, the Tom E. Dailey Foundation, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Upon obtaining the $50,000 budget for the piece, the Neighborhood Design Center issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in 2015. From all submissions, three finalists were selected by an Art Advisory Panel made up of residents, an area business representative, a City of Columbus Art Commission Member, and several design professionals. The winning proposal was submitted by artist Tom Hubbard.
“My approach is rooted in my design training and the belief that the solution often comes from the problem. Through a process of inquiry, research and immersion, I explore, interpret and distill visual opportunities to reach a solution that is specific, unique and meaningful”, said Hubbard when asked about his design.
This sculpture is the second installment in the Streetcar Sculpture series, preceded by the piece located at the corner of Livingston Avenue and Nelson Road. The first sculpture was designed by artist John Sunami and installed in 2013. The streetcar theme celebrates the history of Livingston Avenue as the original streetcar line in Columbus.