A major piece of wall art commissioned by Ohio State University has been installed at the Ohio State Student Union.

A major piece of wall art commissioned by Ohio State University has been installed at the Ohio State Student Union.

The artists, both Upper Arlington residents, are Jeff Hersey, owner of Terra Gallery in the Short North, who creates metal and mixed media sculptures; and Robert Swanson, whose works are primarily in steel and wood sculpture and jewelry made from silver and stone.

The large work is a colorful map of Ohio, approximately six feet by six feet, depicting the shape of each of its 88 counties defined by vintage license plates. Many of the plates' colors and emblems symbolize some of the important educational institutions located throughout the state, especially Ohio State University in Franklin County in the center of the piece.

Hersey is an entrepreneur as well as an artist, and has started a number of successful businesses in central Ohio. A long-time educator, Swanson taught architecture and design at Fort Hayes Metropolitan High School, and has been designing and creating fine furniture throughout his career. In recent years he has turned to wood and steel sculpture, and making jewelry pieces of silver and stone.