(Columbus, November 9, 2017)  — The holiday season schedule has been established for guests to enjoy “As We Are,” the popular interactive sculpture at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC).

Visitors wishing to experience “As We Are” are typically assisted by GCCC Guest Services ambassadors Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours based on facility and area event schedules.

 The holiday schedule will be:

  • Monday, Nov. 20 – Wednesday, Nov. 22 -10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day – closed
  • Friday, Nov. 24 – Saturday, Nov. 25 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 26 – closed
  • Monday, Nov. 27 – Saturday, Dec. 9 – regular hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends)
  • Sunday, Dec. 10 – Friday, Dec. 15 – closed for mechanical enhancements
  • Saturday, Dec. 16 – Saturday, Dec. 23 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve – Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas – closed
  • Tuesday, Dec. 26 – Saturday, Dec. 30 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve – Monday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day – closed
  • Tuesday, Jan. 2 – open during regular hours

 Located inside the North Atrium at Goodale and High Streets, “As We Are” by Matthew Mohr of the Columbus College of Art & Design is a 14-foot-tall, three-dimensional universal human head sculpture containing a photo booth capable of shooting 3-D pictures. After each photo shoot, the guest emerges from the booth to see his or her portrait projected as the enlarged face of “As We Are,” providing the perfect opportunity to capture a “selfie” and post the photo on social media.

Thousands of “As We Are” portraits have already been captured. Mechanical enhancements are now being added to enable the sculpture to rotate from one fixed position to another more easily, necessitating the closure of the sculpture from Dec. 10-15.

“The sculpture has become a favorite gathering spot for a souvenir photo of Columbus. We invite the community to visit ‘As We Are’ and those who already have to return with their friends and families during the holiday season,” said GCCC General Manager John R. Page. “‘As We Are’ is the perfect stop on the way to the Discovery Café and South Café & Marketplace within our facility and nearby Short North Arts District and Arena District events.”

The GCCC’s collection is part of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority’s (FCCFA) overall portfolio, which was bestowed with a Community Arts Partnership Award by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Other local art can be found in the FCCFA’s three parking garages and award-winning Hilton Columbus Downtown. In total, the FCCFA has invested more than $3.5 million in local public art on exhibit in its buildings.