For Andrew Lundberg, the icing on the cake of five months building an interactive sculpture came when he was able to confirm that his design was indeed intuitive.
At the grand unveiling of her “slingshot” sculpture on May 13 at Casto’s River & Rich apartments, onlookers walked up to the artwork and began taking pictures of themselves.
“It was really awesome to see people immediately start interacting with it and having fun with it,” Lundberg said.
The slingshot concept was one of seven ideas Lundberg presented to Casto, who funded the project. Although the interactive element was the reason the company favored the idea, for Lundberg the concept has even greater significance.
At over 6,000 pounds, the slingshot symbolizes the playful nature of an artist. It’s also a visual reminder of Franklinton’s momentum as a community.
“Franklinton right now is really hot, and it’s becoming a big part of the city,” Lundberg said.
Lundberg said the location of such a large sculpture makes sense, given the large number of makers and artists who have put Franklinton on the map as Columbus’ arts district.
“It’s kind of a landmark,” he said.
Although this was Lundberg’s first interactive sculpture, he made a name for himself working with companies such as Casto to design original art, signage, bespoke furniture and sculptures. Lundberg Industrial Arts, which he founded about 11 years ago, is located within the Columbus Idea Foundry.
Lundberg had previously worked with Casto to create the large 25-foot vertical sign for the River & Rich complex. The company contacted him to propose another concept of work of art.
The slingshot was a winner for several reasons. For starters, taking something simple and blowing it up is always a good idea.
“Everyday objects look great when you enlarge them,” Lundberg said.
And the fact that people could stop and take pictures with the sculpture and interact with it meant that viewers could become part of the work in their own way.
“Then it turns into a bit of you,” Lundberg said.
The design of the project began last June and nearly 20 people participated in the project. Lundberg worked with a group of five people for the actual construction of the sculpture, which took five months.
Comprised of a steel interior and a sculpted exterior, the sling itself stands approximately 20 feet tall and rests on a five-foot pedestal. Large concrete fingers hold the sling, and visitors can put their legs on the sling’s straps and pretend they’re about to be launched skyward.
“You’re really part of it,” Lundberg said. “That’s the beauty of it.”
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