Wexner Center for the Arts

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In November 1989, the Wexner Center for the Arts opened at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The Wexner Center for the Arts is an art gallery, which emphasizes contemporary and performing art. The gallery was named in honor of Leslie Wexner, the head of the Limited Brands and a major financial donor to the Wexner Center.

Peter Eisenman was the architect who designed the Wexner Center for the Arts. The building, itself, is an art form. Towers symbolize the Armory, which used to occupy the site, while white metal girders represent the street layout of the OSU campus and the City of Columbus. Unfortunately, the building had some inherent flaws for its original purpose as an art gallery. Skylights allowed too much light into the building, potentially causing damage to artwork in the gallery. The building also contained a poor climate control system. As a result of these and other problems, the Wexner Center for the Arts underwent a major renovation and reopened its doors in 2005.   

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