Exhibit Columbus is an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community that alternates between symposium and exhibition programming each year. For inspiration, Exhibit Columbus looked to the 1986 exhibition, Good Design and the Community: Columbus, Indiana, created when Columbus business leader and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller became the first person inducted into the National Building Museum Hall of Fame. Mr. Miller chose to emphasize the community’s process and involvement in building, rather than the architecture itself.
Thirst was invited once again to participate as the 18th installation, Environmental Design and Wayfinding, creating a suite of 17 kiosks to mark each of the installations. The kiosks, or 'talking barkers', function as silent docents with a primary intent to teach visitors about the installations and provide the historical context of the associated building or site on which they are located.
Rick Valicenti and Anna Mort also designed an exhibition guide, provided free to visitors as a takeaway to supplement the kiosks, commemorative posters, a program, and the second edition of batons to award this year's designers.
Graphic Design Rick Valicenti and Anna Mort
Kiosk Design Rick Valicenti with Jonathan Nesci
Printing Graphic Arts Studio, Barrington IL
Kiosks Versteel, Jasper IN
Anodized Batons Ignition Arts, Indianapolis IN
Plywood Signs Matthew Hoffman, You Are Beautiful, Chicago IL
Aerial Photography Hadley Fruits, Columbus IN