On June 23, 2001, the Columbus College of Artwork & Design built an uncharacteristically daring shift when it erected a 10-tale sculpture spanning Gay Road. The vibrant crimson Artwork Indicator was a shock coming from CCAD, anything of an institutional wallflower right up until that stage. 

It shocked even those inside the CCAD group. Julie Taggart, an alum and college member at the time, claims it took a tiny even though for the sign’s scale—and the implied assertion about the college’s new watch of itself—to settle in. “We experienced to choose ourselves a large amount additional seriously,” claims Taggart, now CCAD’s provost. “We set a stake in the ground—literally.” 

The Art Signal was conceived 50 % a world away, in Taipei, in which images professor Ric Petry was a browsing artist in the mid-1990s. He observed a tower on a Taiwanese college or university campus that could be noticed from all about and imagined CCAD should really have a equally putting monument. When his shut buddy Denny Griffith grew to become CCAD president in 1998, Petry pitched the signal as a way to spotlight the unassuming college’s presence and significance to Columbus.