(Columbus, August 31, 2017) — The reveal of “As We Are,” an interactive art piece by Columbus College of Art & Design’s Matthew Mohr, is the highlight of the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center’s (GCCC) Grand Reopening Celebration tonight.
A 14-foot, 3-D universal human head sculpture made from ribbons of ultra-bright LED screens, the piece contains 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 depicted as the face of “As We Are.”
“Each portrait is roughly 17 times the size of the person represented,” said Mohr. “Eyes are as big as dinner plates. Through magnification, the sculpture recontextualizes each participant and asks all who see their portrait to consider who that person is and the life they lead, no matter their age, gender or culture. Portraits rotate continually, fading one into another to provide a rolling landscape of human diversity.”
The sculpture was fabricated by Boston’s Design Communications Ltd. and commissioned by the GCCC owners, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA), to become the signature piece in the largest contemporary collection of central Ohio art. The FCCFA has invested $3.5 million and displays nearly 400 pieces of art throughout its properties.
Mohr said he sought to “reconsider oneself in a unique context, to consider that representation in a public setting, and to recontextualize people from different cultures and backgrounds” through this piece.
“We are looking forward to ‘As We Are’ becoming a destination and iconic image identified with our facility and Columbus and a point of pride for both visitors and residents,” said GCCC General Manager John R. Page.
In addition to “As We Are,” the GCCC now offers: