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Nov. 9, 2006

Photo Shoot Gallery

Wallscape Photo Gallery

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A 160 foot wallscape featuring Jessica Davenport, a senior center on the Ohio State women’s basketball team, and Greg Oden, a freshman center on the Buckeye men’s team, was unveiled Thursday at its 145 N. High St. location in downtown Columbus.

With perhaps two of the best centers in the college game performing in Columbus, the Ohio State athletics department began discussions during the summer with Orange Barrel Media, a landmark advertising firm in Columbus, to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the two student-athletes.

The concept was to feature Davenport and Oden on the wall of the downtown Columbus skyscraper. The athletics department and both Ohio State basketball programs viewed the project as an opportunity to celebrate two unique individuals. Davenport is a two-time All-America selection and Oden was the back-to-back national high school player of the year.

The project was approved and contracted in mid-September. A photo shoot took place Sept. 21 on several basketball courts on Ohio State’s west campus. The final vinyl banner would span 160 feet from top to bottom with two full two days needed to print on a press in St. Louis.

Davenport, in her home white uniform, and Oden, in a new away Scarlet jersey, spent about 90 minutes with Orange Barrel staff photographers capturing images for the larger-than-life project.

The banner was unveiled the day before the season opener for the men’s team vs. VMI at 8 p.m. in Value City Arena. The women’s team starts its season at Army at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in a national television broadcast on ESPNU. The women’s team is part of the first Maggie Dixon Classic, an event on the Army campus honoring the former Black Knights head coach who passed away earlier this year.