FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2017
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Christabel S. Y. and Samuel J. Wagner were selected from 17 applicants to create their sculptural lighting installation titled Structural Circumstances E.G. 2 for the Columbus Arts Festival, powered by American Electric Power, June 9-11.
The installation commission, which comes with a $25,000 award, is a first for the Arts Festival and made possible with the support of American Electric Power.
Structural Circumstances E.G. 2 will be a 24’ x 8’ replica of a mobile home made from multicolored, transparent plexiglass built just south of the fountains on the east side of Bicentennial Park. During the day the sunshine will project the vibrant, almost stained-glass like image of the structure onto the ground and viewer. At night it will glow outward, lit from within.
The husband and wife team, Christabel S. Y. and Samuel J. Wagner both received their masters of fine arts degrees from Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. Christabel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba and Samuel attained his bachelor’s from Columbus College of Art & Design. Individually, they have exhibited in London and Canada and across the United States. Most recently they have focused on large-scale public installations in the Midwest. A recent work involved constructing large piñatas that were attached to the end of military tanks in public parks, which were then broken open by local residents.
Samuel comes from Vincent, Ohio, a small town in the rural southeastern part of the state near Marietta. Mobile homes are an ever-present sight in that part of the state and meaningful to him personally, both for the people and locations they represent. Christabel was raised in Hong Kong and New Zealand, and provides an objective view of the rural experience.
Christabel and Samuel recognized the frustrations of friends and family and other rural populations about their lack of positive representation and the negative stereotypes often shown in the media. With Structural Circumstances E.G. 2 the Wagners hope to create a feedback loop that encourages a dialogue in Columbus, and nationally, as well as a deeper understanding between different socioeconomic sectors of our communities.
“Bringing cultural symbols of a neglected people in contact with the highbrow art world enables us to have a conversation about beauty, faith and principles with a wider audience,” said Samuel. “We hope that this mobile home, as a symbol of rural poverty, lets those from small communities see their culture through new eyes, as potentially beautiful, even spiritual.”
Festival Hours: Friday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2017 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors include AT&T, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Columbus Recreation & Parks, Columbus State Community College, COTA, CoverMyMeds, DLZ, G&J Pepsi-Cola, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Grange Insurance, Hopper Cart, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IKEA, Kroger, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, Nationwide, Oakland Nursery, The Ohio State University, PNC, Safelite, Svedka, Toyota, Vintage Wine, The Westin Columbus and White Castle. Media sponsors include ABC6/WSYX and FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org