Modern sculptures like the Bean in Chicago and the Wall Street Bull in New York are celebrated for a variety of reasons, and the positive economic impact these kinds of pieces have created is undeniable. It’s the same kind of effect the Ohio Infinity sculpture is designed to produce for the space or area in Ohio where it’s built.
Unlike any of those other projects though, Ohio Infinity can be constructed with no financial risk to the owner of the site or property. Instead of liability, owners of the site/sculpture will have the opportunity to leverage the presence of the piece in whatever way makes sense for their business.
A model of this sculpture is pictured here, and the comparison of a similar model and actual sculpture should provide a sense of how it will translate into reality. The finished Ohio Infinity piece will be a 12ft tall by 8ft wide sculpture designed to:
-Directly reflect the people who live and work around the piece
-Create a destination that will spur economic development
-Serve as a hub for events and activities in the area
-Enable a lasting legacy for individuals and an entire community
All of the decisions around the symbols, words and images that will appear throughout the piece will be dictated by the community, a few examples of which appear here. This selection process will enable the surrounding community to relate to the piece and ensure it has a direct and indirect economic impact for property owners which will begin in the present and extend far into the future.
Building a Monument
The model/sculpture example showcased above provides a sense of what the finished Ohio Infinity sculpture will look like. However, the model simply illustrates the shape of what will be constructed in concrete cinderblock, not the words, symbols and illustrations which will be customized for and with the community.
Those will be displayed on a variety of tiles that will be interspersed throughout the piece. The tiles can display anything from a message to a symbol to an illustration. The tiles will be positioned amongst a mosaic stone arrangement that will cover the piece. All of this will be tied together with a colored grout that will permanently lock in the tile and stone mosaic. The colors of Ohio (red, white and blue) will be utilized for each of these elements.
Viewers will be encouraged to interact with the piece itself to see and experience these details in a variety of ways. That interaction will also allow them to walk around the piece and spell out the letters O-H-I-O. This personal interaction is what will help ensure it becomes both a destination and a draw.
A Direct Economic Impact
Lists of the Top Things to See in Ohio contain a variety of attractions ranging from historic sites to cultural landmarks. Visiting these places can provide an experience that take up an entire day or just an ideal spot to take a selfie. What they all have in common is that visitors have definitive a reason to stop by, regardless of where they’re coming from.
Similar to works such as “I Amsterdam”, the appeal of Ohio Infinity will be centered on how visitors are able to interact with the piece. No matter what angle you view the piece from, the letters of O-H-I-O are unmistakable. Coupled with the ability to get that same personalized interaction via the symbols and messaging on the piece itself, viewers will be able to document their contact with the sculpture in a variety of meaningful ways.
The ability to connect with a given space or place and create an experience for visitors is what drives the creation of destinations and monuments. It’s something that can have a positive impact on all of the businesses that surround it. By creating a reason for people across the city, region and world to visit the area, established and new businesses will be able to directly benefit from this influx. Small and large projects of this sort have positivity impacted the economic situation for a variety of neighborhoods and cities.
However, the direct economic impact of Ohio Infinity will be just as powerful as the indirect opportunities opened up by the piece.
The Untold Benefits of Creating a Destination
Ohio Infinity will encourage and enable especially powerful interactions for the surrounding community as it’s being constructed, but those interactions will not end once the piece is complete. In fact, as more people learn about the sculpture, entire communities could be compelled to take action around and for it.
It’s the sort of thing that can help ensure the piece is taken care of, but these interactions aren’t just about maintenance. Piece like Ohio Infinity can serve as a central focus for events or gatherings by creating an easy place to get together. These in-person efforts can be highlighted on social media and eventually at www.ohioinfinity.com, which will provide visitors with various ways to document and share their experiences.
In-person and digital interactions with Ohio Infinity will drive key economic considerations for and with the piece. Those benefits are just part of the legacy that will have a monumentous impact in the present and future, and is something site owners can explore without any financial risk.
Creating a Generational Legacy at No Financial Risk
The materials being used in Ohio Infinity are as unyielding as they are long-lasting. That will help ensure the piece becomes and remains a permanent part of the community, but the impact the sculpture creates in the short and long term is something a site owner will be able to see and quantify before making a full commitment to it.
Once an agreed upon amount of time has past after Ohio Infinity has been completed, site owners will have the option of transferring the costs associated with the commission of the piece without any penalty. This arrangement is not a prerequisite, but can be an option for site owners who want to retain flexibility. If the piece hasn’t performed as expected, they’ll be able to transfer ownership of the piece and recoup the expenses associated with the creation of the sculpture. This option is being made available so that potential owners can measure the value of their investment before ever risking the investment itself.
While community feedback and interaction will be of primary concern for the audience of today, Ohio Infinity is set to function as an attraction for generations. That’s the kind of legacy which will be guaranteed to positively impact the value of any property in the present and future.