About the Art

About the Art

Artist's Statement:

The imagery created for this project is intended to spark one's adventurous spirit and bring the viewer into a world of whimsy and imagination. The design takes advantage of the space and pre-existing structures, such as the tunnel, to enhance the viewing experience. Bright colors and bold lines break up the drab concrete and monotone landscape adding beauty and community pride. Plants, animals, and creatures are familiar yet otherworldly and welcome commuters as they travel through. The design encourages the viewer to create their own narrative and will surely be a space that is visited again and again, each time offering a new detail.


Preliminary Sketches for the Space

Proposed east side of the tunnel, facing the Olentangy:


Notes from the Artist: This sketch offers a rough outline of the concept for the East wall. The foliage on the bottom will have various types of leaves, flowers, and insects. The waterfall will be worked into the tunnel structure and detailed out with various blues. The rock will be placed in a way that best works with the main figure and the hills in the background may include additional elements such as mountains and tree lines. The tunnel guardian will have a glowing staff that is topped with an orb of light or crystal and the guardians steed will be fine tuned. The blue sky and space background will have a realistic quality to them and will be brought over to the other side of the waterfall along with the rock and plant elements.

Proposed west side of the tunnel, facing Olentangy River Road:

Option A featuring Bub and Sol

Option B featuring Sun Riders

Close-ups of individual elements


Color Palett

Notes from the Artist: A few things that you will have to use your imagination on are things like shading and highlights that are just too small to show on a really long and large mock up. Also these things will be big! Much bigger than they appear on the screen. The main things I wanted to focus on were color, motion and readability as well as a design that would appeal to everyone and all ages. I love that the area can be seen from the the street so I was strategic about getting the elements in a place that took advantage of that. I have found that when referring to a mural people either know exactly what is being referenced or they don’t so I wanted to make sure the design had key elements so everyone would know what you meant when you said “the Harrison West turtles”. I do hope the colors translate okay, I love bright bold colors and I know that was something important for everyone. The gradation into the night sky will be a dark purple which is common in my murals and is absolutely beautiful in person but doesn’t always translate as well on the screen.

Additional Considerations:

Every aspect of the environment has been taken into account with the design. This includes the viewing experience from different angles and different times of day/night. Views from walking, biking, and passing vehicles have also been considered, using safety as a guiding factor. The design also plays into the future possibility of expanding the artwork and will include elements beneficial to this goal.

The following are first round renderings of imagery for the space. We are seeking community feedback for this project, so please send any thoughts you may want to share to leigh@harrisonwestarts.org. They will be passed on to the artist and factored into revisions before the artwork is finalized. Thank you!

Thank You To These Groups for Supporting Harrison West Arts!

We are grateful for the support of these wonderful organizations that have helped make the mural project a reality.


The Columbus Foundation

Joseph A. Jeffrey Endowment Fund


The Short North Foundation


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