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Interpreting Art in Turbulent Times

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Thanks to Land Studio, a non-profit in Ohio City that works to connect people with places through public art and Cracking Art, a group of artists based in Milan, Italy, Cleveland has a new elephant just in time for the Republican National Convention. You won’t find him standing around the “Q” awaiting the arrival of politicians, but in the garden space behind the Transformer Station art gallery in Ohio City.

Additional whimsical, colorful creatures made of a plastic-like material have been placed throughout the city. The view from Superior Avenue as you approach the Cleveland Public Library will cause you to do a double take as blue birds reminiscent of the Twitter logo  greet you at the main entrance, while meerkats keep watch from above.

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Cracking Art has brought its message of social and environmental awareness to over 384 exhibits worldwide, and while I don’t profess to know the artists’ political views, this exhibit seems timely not just in the wake of the RNC, but on a global scale as well. It reminds us of art’s ability to speak to us and how we each bring our own individual life experiences to the process of interpretation.

Birds of a feather do seem to flock together as seen on W. 29th Street in Ohio City, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of Maya Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, when I saw the scene below.

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The Great Lakes Science Center has been visited by a pack of wolves that can be seen on the lawn area between the Science Center and the Rock Hall of Fame. Children and adults alike will enjoy the whimsical nature of this unlikely scene. Yet as security tightens in Cleveland for the RNC and with tragedies in Baton Rouge, Dallas and France, it can feel like the wolves really are at the door.

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As the world continues its precarious balance between tragedy and hope (often inspired by art)  Aesop’s Fable – The Snail and the Rose-Tree – to this day may still bring cause for hope depending on which voice you choose to follow.

“You have led a very easy life,” remarked the snail.

“Certainly. Everything was given me,” said the rose-tree. “But still more was given to you. Yours is one of those deep-thinking natures, one of those highly gifted minds that astonishes the world.”

“I have not the slightest intention of doing so,” said the snail. “The world is nothing to me. What have I to do with the world? I have enough to do with myself, and enough in myself”

“But must we not all here on earth give up our best parts to others, and offer as much as lies in our power? It is true, I have only given roses. But you – you who are so richly endowed- what have you given to the world? What will you give it?” asked the rose-tree.

“What have I given? What am I going to give? I spit at it; it’s good for nothing, and does not concern me. For my part, you may go on bearing roses; you cannot do anything else.  I have mine in myself. I retire within myself and there I stop. The world is nothing to me.”

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO GIVE TO THE WORLD – WHAT CONCERNS YOU?

 

Snail Photo © Bob Perkosk

More of this public art exhibit can been seen at the Cleveland Public Library’s Eastman Reading Garden.

Read More @ Colorful Creatures Set to Adorn Cleveland Public Library’s Eastman Reading Garden

Exhibit runs through October 14, 2016

Follow on Twitter:  #flockCLE

Thanks to Land Studio for bringing art to public spaces for all to see.

Art Work © Cracking Art
Snail Photo © Bob Perkosk
All Other Photos © Larry Hamill Photography

 

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Lions and Tigers and Added Revenue Streams – Oh My!

Following the opening of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium with its second floor event venue and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s renovation, complete with an open floor atrium also available for event rental, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will join a growing number of area attractions that are finding innovative ways to draw visitors, while increasing revenue streams.

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In Spring 2014, the zoo will unveil its recently commissioned carousel.  Located in Mansfield, OH, Carousel Works will create a swirling vision of 64 hand-carved animals mounted on a 54-foot (in diameter) platform. Arranged on the carousel by habitat, the animals will cover a range from the African grasslands to the tropical forests.

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In keeping with the zoo’s mission, the endangered species themed carousel and surrounding area will promote education and conservation. With lion populations in Africa dropping to record lows, educating the next generation about the need for conservation of exotic animals worldwide couldn’t be more timely.

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According to a Cleveland Metroparks Zoo press release, the Cleveland Zoological Society is committed to raising $2 million in private funds to cover the carousel’s construction and installation, as well as site preparation, slated to include a children’s play area. The zoo also hopes to build an event venue near the pavilion that will house the carousel.

To make a donation…

All images photographed by Pamela J. Willits at the Carousel Works. The carousel figures seen here were part of the Smithsonian National Zoo’s carousel, which opened in Washington, D.C. this past November.

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Cleveland GiveCamp: Coding For Charity

Cleveland GiveCamp‘s name alone might draw some confused looks. But with the tag line, Geeks in the Home of Rock and Roll Coding for Charity, it becomes clear that this is a tech event. A tech event whose mission is to pair creative and technology talent with nonprofits in need.

As part of the national GiveCamp movement, Cleveland GiveCamp hosted its third annual event in July. Held along the shores of Lake Erie, at the LeanDog Boat and Burke Lakefront Airport, the event kicked off on a Friday evening and ended late Sunday afternoon, with teams displaying innovative work that took a weekend to create.

The first year brought together more than 100 volunteers with 21 non-profits, and culminated in nearly $250,000 worth of donated tech services. This year, 200 volunteers worked with 25 non-profits to develop websites, mobile apps and data collection applications, donating $625,000 worth of free services.

Mark your calendars for July 2013, as Cleveland GiveCamp returns to help more non-profits achieve their goals.

TO VOLUNTEER OR BECOME A SPONSOR, please visit Cleveland GiveCamp.

NON-PROFITS CAN APPLY TO ATTEND at Cleveland GiveCamp Non-Profits.

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Cleveland’s New Powerhouse Attraction

After reading a Columbus Dispatch review of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, we decided to test the waters ourselves.

Located in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium has re-purposed this national historic landmark in a way that takes architectural juxtaposition to a new height.

Designed by New Zealand based Marinescape, hard surfaces of exposed brick walls and steel girders contrast with flowing water and the constant movement of its inhabitants. A worm’s-eye view looking up through the massive overhead smokestacks provides a reminder of the building’s original purpose – generating electricity for the city’s 19th century streetcar system.

Nestled in the Cleveland Flats, the aquarium could be viewed as a phoenix risen from the ashes of Cleveland’s industrial past – a positive image for the crooked river that lays to rest Cuyahoga River’s former reputation of the river that once burned.

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As part of a growing trend in cities across the country, I’ve become what’s been coined a Boomerang – one who returns to their hometown for career and family reasons.

Having left in my early 20’s, and given all the changes and growth here in Cleveland, it feels as if I’ve moved to a whole new city. With the help of a great, locally published book entitled, New to Cleveland: A Guide to (Re) Discovering the City, I’m learning my way around – again.  I’m also learning about neighborhoods and attractions that I knew little or nothing of, even before my departure.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts and photography, with hopes that visitors to my site will be inspired to get out and re-discover all that Cleveland has to offer.

 

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