Kramer Engineers Wins 2016 Outstanding Aesthetic Award

Kramer Engineers was invited to attend an event last evening held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library main branch where Ralph Kramer accepted the 2016 Outstanding Aesthetic Contribution Award for the Garbo and Gilbert Mural Restoration that took place earlier this year.  The award is presented once a year by the Columbus Discovery Special Improvement District, recognizing individuals who go beyond the norm to add special visual appeal to our City.  The Julian restoration project and addition of 250 S High Street were also among award recipients.


KE commissioned artist and CCAD alum Chelsea Bennett to restore the iconic artwork earlier this year.  She and fellow artist Kendra Strebig, weathered the mid-summer heat to breathe life back into the original scene.

The black and white mural, which graces the west wall of the Kramer Engineers building at 394 Oak Street, portrays the famous love scene between Garbo and Gilbert from the 1926 film Flesh and the Devil. It was originally painted in 1997 and dedicated to the Columbus Academy class of that year.  Many of the original artists have since spread their talent across the US.  The wall is a Columbus Discovery District treasure and used as a backdrop for photography buffs from across the Nation.

Ralph Kramer, KE owner, accepted the award and thanked artist Chelsea Bennett for her meticulous work and KE business administrator Irene O’Gorman who spearheaded the project.