ShortPop is a temporary public art sculpture program featuring artworks that have been made entirely of retired construction materials from The Paul Peterson Company as their media installed as pop-up art installations in pocket parks undisturbed by construction throughout the Short North Arts District during the High Street Streetscape Improvements Project in 2018. Artists were tasked with creating a three-dimensional art piece that is distinct to each location.

ShortPop is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Artist Carol Boram-Hays created two installations for the second ShortPop installation. The first, entitled “Cascades,” is installed at Greenwood Park. The second, entitled “Erosion” is installed on The Cap on Goodale.

Artist Statement

As contemporary humans become more urbanized and move further away from nature, our concepts of the landscape are changing and morphing like the environment itself. By bringing together everyday construction materials in large and unusual forms the artist is asking viewers to consider their own relationship with nature and the built environment.

Boram-Hays’s artworks will be installed through the end of of October 2018.

Artist Bio

Carol Boram-Hays is an Assistant Professor at Columbus College of Art & Design. She teaches African art history and contemporary art and design and culture. A sculptor and installation artist, Boram-Hays has exhibited work nationally and internationally and has been featured in The New York Times, Landscape Architecture, and Sculpture. Boram-Hays has won a number of national and state awards and completed an artist residency in Dresden, Germany. For more information, visit


ShortPop is made possible with partnerships and support from the following: