Blostein, Overly and Baumberger Designs Highlighted in “Bold Booths” Project

Beginning next month, “Bold Booths,” a collaborative project between Ohio State and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District will transform five parking attendant booths into “one-of-a-kind structures that will be unexpected yet practical pieces of public art.”

Three members of the Knowlton School community will design the first two booths. Associate Professor of Architecture Beth Blostein and Lecturer Bart Overly of Blostein/Overly Architects designed the first booth, Coney Island, which will be located in the parking lot of the Westin Columbus – Great Southern Hotel at the corner of South High and East Main Streets. Blostein’s $60,000 Ohio State University Engagement Impact Grant provided core financial support for the larger “Bold Booths” project. Coney Island will open in October.

The second booth, Faired, designed by Knowlton Lecturer and Shop Coordinator Michael Baumberger of BA Workshop, will open in spring 2015 and will be located in the Eckl Parking Company lot on the corner of North High and West Long Streets.

“DRIVEbys,” a one night exhibit comprised of scale models of six booth designs – one is conceptual and will not be built - will take place 5:00-8:00 p.m., Oct. 2 at the Columbus Idea Foundry, 421 E. State Street, Columbus.

For more details, see the article Bold Booths Brings Art to Unexpected Places” and the “Bold Booths” website.