Proposed Scioto Mile ‘Cooling Tower’ Sculpture Gets Redesign

Brian Tolle has revised his proposed sculpture for The Scioto Mile.(Photo: Brian Tolle)
Brian Tolle has revised his proposed sculpture for The Scioto Mile.(Photo: Brian Tolle)

The man who designed a six-story-high sculpture planned for The Scioto Mile has changed it slightly. Artist Brian Tolle has taken some criticism for choosing a shape some people say resembles a power plant cooling tower.

He unveiled a revised sculpture on Wednesday that has no glass and a top which resembles a crown. Speaking on All Sides with Ann Fisher this morning, Tolle defended the basic shape of the sculpture

“It’s a very, very beautiful, and a very, very flexible form that’s been adapted to all kinds of uses including skyscrapers, radio towers, any number of things,” Tolle says. “And the reason why it’s still used and continues to be a marvel is because it allows for us to achieve great scale with great economy.”

Tolle says the sculpture is still in design and he’s still working to secure private financing. His plans also call for the sculpture to include vegetation growing in the center.

Comments
  • Bjdixon1

    He has interesting land sculptures…Irish memorial for one. But this one is ugly, boring and has nothing to do with the area. Brings to mind the history of the rivers pollution.

  • Anne

    I hope those in a position to vote on the efficacy of this sculpture will find something that rings out to everyone and is an elegant addition to a waterfront that has been a costly but appropriate and beautiful addition to the city.