The American Gothic mural, found on East Lincoln Street in the Short North Arts District, is one of the most well known paintings in the area. The mural is an interpretation of the iconic classic, “American Gothic,” painted by Grant Wood in 1930.
Wood’s original piece depicts a farmer behind his daughter and the daughter is not upside down in the original. The Short North creative reproduction, painted by Steve Galgas and Mike Altman, was given a unique change, in order capture the spirit of the district and make a statement of their own.
The mural is painted on the stucco brick facade of a historic mixed-use building in the Short North Arts District. It was completed in 2002.
Even if a person didn’t set out to find this piece of art for themselves, they would have probably found themselves next to it at some point during these hot summer months. The building the mural is painted on is home to one of Jeni’s Splendid Ice creams’ locations. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is a well-known local flavor, much like the American Gothic mural.
The artist’s inspiration stemmed from a continuation of another Short North, mural only 50 steps away, painted in 1992. The older mural depicted Mona Lisa rotated 90 degrees. The Short North Arts District is one of the most vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods in Columbus.
It sits between The Ohio State University and Columbus Downtown and serves as a thoroughfare for students and young professionals. It is home to many independent retailers, restaurants, and galleries.
The Short North Arts District is only one of Columbus’ most art filled districts. The Clintonville, Italian Village and Grandview neighborhoods all house their own unique styles, as well.
The next time you grab ice cream at Jeni’s or find yourself on a walk in the Short North, take a moment to appreciate the murals that give personality to the great city of Columbus.
As a local Columbus business owner, Geoff Sharp, of Sharper Impressions Painting, has seen his fair share of art around Columbus.
His work has made its mark on local restaurants, homeowner associations, residential houses, and corporate buildings. He has seen it all and the “American Gothic” mural remains one of his favorites.