Public Art At The Ohio Statehouse (VI)

Of the various objects that are found on the sidewalks and at the entrance points to the Ohio Statehouse, several are of a decidedly military air.  They are Civil War cannons, produced by a foundry in Cincinnati in 1864.

Although it is perhaps odd to think of cannons as “public art,” I think these qualify.  Made of bronze, the cannons are bright and metallic and attractive as they glint in the sunshine on a summer day.  Their large wheels — reproductions, not originals — also have a certain sturdy beauty.  The cannons are fully functional; they were being fired at some kind of Civil War reenactment that occurred some weeks ago.

What is public art?  I think it is something designed to make people appreciate something — “appreciation” in the sense of enjoyment, in the sense of thankfulness, and in the sense of contemplation.  The Civil War cannons of the Ohio Statehouse meet that test.

Public Art At The Ohio Statehouse (I)

Public Art At The Ohio Statehouse (II)

Public Art At The Ohio Statehouse (III)

Public Art At The Ohio Statehouse (IV)

Public Art At The Ohio Statehouse (V)

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