The plain concrete under the bridge at U.S. Route 62 and Mill Street in Gahanna will be turned into a wall of art in May.

The plain concrete under the bridge at U.S. Route 62 and Mill Street in Gahanna will be turned into a wall of art in May.

Ten art teachers in nine different schools are working with students on this project, according to Sharon Iseringhausen, Lincoln Elementary School's art teacher.

"Each school will do a different panel, which will enhance the beauty of the park," she said

Iseringhausen said each panel already has been designed. On Feb. 11, she showed the Gahanna-Jefferson school board the designs that already have been chosen.

The idea was Iseringhausen's. An avid cyclist, Iseringhausen said she was bicycling along a trail in Ohio when she saw banners decorated with student artwork in a downtown area. She said she thought it was a great idea and asked city officials if the schools could partner with them on a similar project. Murals at Creekside were suggested, and Iseringhausen applied for a grant through the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation.

The foundation approved $1,500 for the project. Iseringhausen said she is trying to finalize more funding to complete it. Rough estimates show it could take $5,000.

Part of the foundation's money will be used to purchase cameras to document the project. Iseringhausen told the school board video from the project could be available for viewing through the school district's and city's Web sites.

Lincoln Elementary School principal Kristen Groves said having the students be part of something that will be on permanent display gives them pride and stresses the significance of art.

"It definitely highlights the importance of the arts," she said. "It also gives kids the opportunity to showcase their talents and express their creativity."

Mike Musser, the city's recreation superintendent, said he plans to ask several civic organizations for funds to complete the project. The city is trying to do the work without using city funds.