The Columbus Pumphouse was in disrepair when Moravec Realty resurrected it as an Upland location in 2016. Seventy years after its conception in 1903, artist Jean Tinguely set up his studio within the walls of 148 Lindsay Street and constructed the kinetic sculpture Chaos I, beginning the space’s relationship with Art with a capital A.

Much like Tinguely’s 1973 sculpture, the river that runs adjacent to the Pumphouse has a dual personality. Sometimes peaceful, and others raging. Upland has always had a strong connection with the land around our locations and the communities that inhabit it.

Our continued connection to the earth and being a good steward of it makes our relationship with Exhibit Columbus an organic one. This year’s exhibition, “New Middles: From Main Street To Megalopolis, What Is The Future Of The Middle City?” showcases Columbus’ reputation as a think tank for the good that can happen when you make art accessible to communities connected by the Mississippi watershed.

For this year’s Exhibit Columbus Exhibition, we are proud to host Derek Hoeferlin’s work “Tracing Our Mississippi” on the grounds of The Pumphouse. Interactive and open to the public, Hoeferlin’s piece is an abstract model of the Mississippi watershed meant to intrigue and inform.

Exhibit Columbus kicks off Friday, August 20th, in Mill Race Park and runs through November. The event features Confluence, a beer we brewed to celebrate our relationship with Exhibit Columbus.

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