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Short North Gothic

Public Mural

Short North Gothic, located in the heart of Columbus, OH’s Short North arts district, captures the spirit of this creative and unique neighborhood.  The Short North is a trendy strip of galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, nestled between Downtown Columbus and the Ohio State campus.

The Columbus developer who commissioned the Short North’s well-known sideways Mona Lisa mural ten years earlier, asked Mike Altman and I to paint a new mural for the Short North in June 2002. We decided to continue the theme of giving an iconic painting an irreverent twist using Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Two weeks after laying the first brushstrokes, the mural was completed, bringing another instant landmark to the area and further establishing the Short North’s quirky and eclectic reputation.

Mike and I were glad to contribute to the thriving spirit of one of our favorite areas in Columbus. Although we have since left Ohio, it is nice to know that we left some of our best work behind.

Best of Columbus Reader’s Poll, Columbus Alive

2003, 2004, 2005 Runner Up in Best Public Art Category

Pictured on the January 2005 cover of The Short North Gazette

"The mural that threatened to dethrone Mona Lisa as ruling artwork of the area is the 2002 reproduction of Grant Wood's equally iconic masterpiece American Gothic. Passersby often pose for pictures with this piece with a twist - the woman has been turned on her head. On the corner of Lincoln and High Streets opposite R. J. Snappers, the retro American Gothic is beautifully reproduced by Steve Galgas and Mike Altman, yet makes a statement of its own."- Kaizaad Kotwal

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