Shipping Container ‘Art Park’ Popping Up in Franklinton This Summer 1 comment


Rendering of Franklinton proposal. Image credit: CASTO and EDGE Group Landscape Architects.

Rendering of Franklinton proposal. Image credit: CASTO and EDGE Group Landscape Architects.

 

On Monday we were the first local media source to give you details about a new, mixed-use development being planned for East Franklinton.

Now today, we’re breaking more news about the same spot at the Southwest corner of W Rich and Lucas Sts.

Before construction gets underway on a new 5-story building there, the site will house temporary ‘pop-up’ art exhibition spaces made from re-used metal shipping containers.

Using shipping containers for art and architecture projects has exploded in popularity in recent years among the hip and trendy sets. This has mainly been attributed to their cost effectiveness, strength and durability, widespread availability, and in-vogue industrial aesthetic.

Locally, you might have seen or heard about how Mikey’s Late Night Slice even recently demo-ed their original Short North pizza shack in favor of a sleek, shipping container replacement.

The planned ‘Art Park’ in Franklinton will include room for up to three local food trucks, outdoor dining spaces, and a temporary public parking lot.

Details submitted to the City of Columbus for review also envision facades of the shipping containers being used as canvases for new public murals.

Overall, the proposed timing for the public art exhibition is June through October of this year.

Aside from the development announced Monday, the site for this ‘Art Park’ pop-up is located in the midst of a flurry of other recent and proposed development also happening in East Franklinton – including 400 W Rich, the Columbus Idea Foundry, Land Grant Brewing, the Lucas Lofts live-work project, and the Warner Junction townhomes.

 

View this project’s future location on Google Street View.

 

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Illustrative photo of art, exhibition, and dining spaces created from re-purposed shipping containers.

 

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Metal shipping containers in their more traditional and native habitat.

 

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  • Nic

    Wow. Franklinton is really taking off! I can’t believe this stuff is happening in the same neighborhood I grew up in 30 years ago…