Painting memorializing Flood of 1913 debuts on headquarters in Franklinton

Painting memorializing Flood of 1913 debuts on OBM’s headquarters tower development in Franklinton

Commemorates March anniversary of flood 102 years ago

On Friday day, March 27 at approximately 2pm, Orange Barrel Media unveiled a 5,000 square foot mural installation at OBM’s new Franklinton headquarters, 250 N. Hartford Ave. The mural is a digitally printed enlargement of an original oil painting created for the occasion by Ohio artist Emily Jay. The painting was heavily inspired by a Columbus Dispatch photograph taken 102 years ago this month, and depicts two rescuers and three passengers in a canoe on a then flooded Town Street in Franklinton.

“While tragic, the flood led to great reform in Columbus, including laying the groundwork for flood-control measures that are now the critical foundation for the rebuilding in Franklinton that continues today,” said Pete Scantland, CEO of Orange Barrel Media. “The heroism evident in the image captures the sense of community that defines Franklinton, and we thought it a fitting tribute to the people of this great community. We’re happy to be a part of it.

The mural was hoisted into place by OBM staff, a process that took approximately 6 hours as the banner was lifted from the ground to its final 150-foot height. It is visible to more than 100,000 motorists per day on SR315 North, as well as to many areas south of the project, including on Broad Street and Souder Avenue. The original painting will be displayed inside OBM’s office, now under construction and planned to be completed in May of this year.

Emily Jay, currently a Lecturer of Art at Ohio Northern University, grew up in Columbus. She added “I am thrilled to be a part of this, and to be able to create a contemporary spin on historical painting and photography; I feel that art can help us to understand and animate our present through the examining of our past, and Franklinton has such a rich resilient past. It is such an honor to help bring some of this into a contemporary light.”

 

Background and Key Facts:

 OBM Headquarters Project: 250 N. Hartford Ave.

The development is comprised of a 30,000 square-foot building and an architecturally integrated media tower. The Flood mural is located on the south side of the tower, between two solar panel arrays that will generate power for the project. The other two sides of the media tower host 9,000 square foot wallscapes, and broadly face north-east and north-west. The architect of the project is George Acock.

Printed on a grand-format printer, the 50’Hx100’W mural is lifted into place by a specially designed electric winch system installed at the top of the tower, and then bolted into place by a crew of six OBM team members. The entire process, from start to finish, takes six hours per side.

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