Students work to make Short North construction easier on the eyes

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Among the hustle and bustle and growing pains of a rapidly expanding Short North is a little something to brighten your day.

“It’s particularly exciting to watch people as they walk through and kind of pause and take in the artwork,” Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance said.

Placed between cranes and orange cones are hard to miss prints. The vibrant, bold creations are designed by local artists.

In all, 23 different works of art are installed on 400 different barricades. The art, printed on large adhesive stickers, is placed on the inside of the pedestrian walkways. The art offers a unique contrast to the “hazard orange” drivers see as they make their way down High street.

“It’s so exciting,” second-year CCAD student Alma Kim said.

“I still can’t believe this happened.”

Kim is one of seven artists to partner with the Short North Alliance.

“The spirit of the Short North doesn’t go away with the construction dust and it’s just a change we have to go through together,” Kim said.

The pieces are visible in various construction zones from 4th Avenue down to Poplar in the Short North.

Organizers say artworks will remain in place through November but both parties are interested in continuing the project beyond the scheduled deadline.