Schiller Park has a few more temporary guests – even some who seem to defy gravity.
Polish artist Jerzy Jotka Kedziora and five of his contemporaries spent Oct. 25 placing the “Suspension: Balancing Art, Nature and Culture” exhibition in the German Village park, 1069 Jaeger St.
The lifelike figures, made of epoxy resin and some metallic elements, are positioned throughout the park, in the pond and an island in the center of the pond.
Kedziora, who is with the Art & Balance Foundation of Poland, based in Krakow, said of the 35 pieces he brought to Columbus, 18 were dedicated to Schiller.
The others will be placed in Columbus’ Thurber Park, 58 Jefferson Ave., Livingston Park, 760 E. Livingston Ave., and the Columbus Metropolitan Library system’s Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave.
In Schiller Park, a golfer, suspended from reinforced cable, is perched above a pathway along Deshler Avenue.
A rower in a boat has been placed in the pond, and two acrobats hang over several Huntington Garden plant beds that lead to the statue of German poet Friedrich von Schiller, for whom the park is named.
“I think it’s absolutely amazing,” said Bert Stevens, chairwoman of Huntington Garden. “I don’t think many people in Columbus will have ever seen anything like this.”
Katharine Moore, a trustee of the Friends of Schiller Park, said the organization was looking to buy a permanent piece of art for the park. She said she used the internet to find Kedziora’s work.
Moore contacted Kedziora’s foundation, which has an exhibit on Long Island, New York.
“And the idea got bigger and bigger and bigger,” Moore said.
Friends of Schiller Park is paying $10,000 for the installment, which includes insurance, equipment rental and lodging, she said.
None of the pieces are permanent.
On March 1, the pieces installed throughout Columbus will be removed, she said.