Student mural designs up for vote Wednedsay

You will have a chance tomorrow morning to see and to vote on the designs that Ivy Tech Community College students have come up with, to decorate the Jackson Street parking garage wall at the end of Friendship Alley in downtown Columbus.

Lloyd Brooks, chair of the visual communications program at Ivy Tech Columbus, says a group of students have taken a class this summer dedicated to designing a mural to brighten up the dark space.

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Brooks said the students have met with local experts including architect Louis Joyner, historic preservationist Richard McCoy and Tricia Gilson with the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives.

As things now stand, the bright, friendly alley in the block of Washington Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, not dead-ends at the plain side of the parking garage. A poorly lit tunnel for equipment and bicycle storage is the path through the garage.

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The Columbus Redevelopment Commission has approved the mural project on the side of the Jackson Street garage and the project has been accepted as state Bicentennial Legacy Project.

The students will make presentations of their bicentennial-themed designs at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Columbus City Hall and the public will vote on the choices. The seminar is expected to last about two hours and could have more than 20 designs presented, Brooks said.

Brooks said that a selection committee will make a final decision on Friday, taking the public votes into account. Mayor Jim Lienhoop is scheduled to announce the design choice on Monday.