Defending the Columbus Statue

Feb 04, 2021 343

BY: Dave Ghose

Ron Pizzuti has strong opinions on public art—and the city hasn’t always agreed with them. Nearly a decade ago, the Columbus developer and renowned art collector launched a campaign to bring a new artistic landmark to the Downtown riverfront: a six-story, hourglass-shaped steel sculpture called Columbiad. 

Pizzuti viewed the proposal as a chance to create a new Columbus icon, but the idea died as others scoffed at its resemblance to a nuclear cooling tower and its multimillion-dollar price tag. Today, Pizzuti is again on a contrarian island. As the city begins to envision a new, more inclusive public artwork to replace a problematic one, Pizzuti is defending the banished monument. “What would I do to replace the Christopher Columbus statue?"

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