Artists Chosen for Permanent Murals on Cleveland’s New Innerbelt Bridge
After a national search, each of the three artists have local ties to Cleveland
 
CLEVELAND (Monday, August 6, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), together with LAND studio, is excited to announce that three, local artists have been chosen for the Innerbelt Project public art mural program.  To view a short video on the process, visit http://youtu.be/4mUpIu8OOu8.
 
Through a national search, managed by LAND studio, three local artists have been selected to adorn neighborhood underpasses with digitally captured murals to be installed upon completion of the westbound Innerbelt Bridge. The selection process began in the fall of 2011 and the request for qualifications elicited more than 150 submissions from artists nationwide.  Nine finalists were selected to present full proposals and a selection committee pared the field to three winners; Cleveland native Natalie Lanese, Cleveland resident Eric Rippert and the team of Erin Guido and Peter Brock also with ties to Cleveland.
 
“It has been clear through our conversations with the Cleveland community that art is an important part of this transportation project, providing a sense of community,” said Innerbelt Project Manager Craig Hebebrand.  “The nationwide search for artists has produced quality proposals and we are pleased that each of the artists has local ties to Cleveland.”
 
The artists were each selected for placement at one of three underpass locations in Cleveland’s Historic Gateway and Tremont neighborhoods. Lanese, a collage artist currently working in Michigan, will exhibit her designs on Ontario Street in the Gateway neighborhood. The works of Rippert, a photographer, will be showcased in the Tremont Neighborhood on Fairfield Avenue.   The team of Guido, a Cleveland-based graphic designer, and Brock, a New York-based public artist, will display their work on West 14th street in Tremont.  
 
LAND studio, a local nonprofit with a focus on public space improvements through public art and design, facilitated the national artist search.  “This was a public process that produced exceptional results. The three artists bring unique style and talent to the project and the mural designs are a true representation of the neighborhoods in which they will be displayed,” shares Greg Peckham, managing director of LAND studio.
 
Cleveland’s Innerbelt Bridge is a critical component of the City of Cleveland’s infrastructure and one of Ohio’s most essential transportation corridors.  The project is the largest transportation improvement project in the State of Ohio’s history and one of few that has incorporated a public art component. 
 
The artist’s designs are currently being finalized and will be installed as bridge construction is completed. 
 
Log-on to www.Innerbelt.org or dial the Project Hotline at 216.344.0069 for more information on the Innerbelt Bridge project.
 
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ABOUT ODOT
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
ABOUT LAND STUDIO
LAND studio is an organization created from the successful merger of Cleveland Public Art and ParkWorks, with a mission to create places and connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming. The name LAND studio is an acronym that describes the tools we use to achieve our mission and reinforces our commitment to being a collaborative participant in the building of a healthy city. We are dedicated to greening our LANDSCAPE, inspiring the city’s people with public ART, uniting NEIGHBORHOODS, and supporting sustainable building and DEVELOPMENT. Learn more at www.land-studio.org.
For more information contact:
Jocelynn Clemings of the ODOT Innerbelt Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or info@Innerbelt.org or
Sarah Siebert of LAND studio at (216) 621-5413 x 117 or ssiebert@land-studio.org.