Artists Sought for Permanent Murals on Cleveland’s New Innerbelt Bridge
 
CLEVELAND (Friday, October 28, 2011) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has partnered with Cleveland Public Art (CPA) to commission three artists to design up to nine murals to complement Cleveland’s new Innerbelt Bridge, which is currently under construction. A call for artists requesting qualifications from interested artists is being distributed nationally. To read the full call for artists, visit www.clevelandpublicart.org/artist-resources/competitions.
 
Just over a year ago, the project was awarded to the design-build team of Walsh Construction and HNTB, Ohio, Inc.  As part of the design, the team identified several opportunities for murals in key locations where the new bridge would create underpasses. Two of these areas are in the Tremont neighborhood, at Fairfield Avenue and West 14th Street. The other location is at Ontario Street just south of Carnegie Avenue in Downtown.
 
A public information session regarding the public art murals and the application process will be held on Tuesday, November 8th from 4-7 p.m. at Cleveland Public Art, located at 1951 West 26th Street #101 in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.
 
Cleveland’s Innerbelt Bridge is a critical component of the City of Cleveland’s infrastructure and one of Ohio’s most essential transportation corridors. This 50-year-old bridge is a vital link into downtown Cleveland, used by nearly 120,000 automobiles daily. It serves as the primary method of travel for residents of Cleveland’s western and southern suburbs headed downtown and connects to several major highways.
 
During the spring of 2009, ODOT announced plans to construct a new westbound Innerbelt Bridge.  In the aftermath of this announcement, an exciting community process emerged. Through a series of community meetings, a framework for the bridge’s visual impact related to colors, texture, shapes, scale, lighting etc. was developed and folded into construction plans.
 
This $287.4 million project is the largest transportation improvement project in the State of Ohio’s history. In addition to the public art enhancements, the new bridge will feature enhanced structural durability for longer service life, as well as a progressive and sustainable approach to storm water management, re-use of materials and architectural lighting. Construction of the new westbound bridge will be followed by construction of a new, similarly designed, eastbound bridge.
 
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About the Ohio Department of Transportation
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 Cleveland Public Art
Cleveland Public Art (CPA) works to improve public spaces through art and design. CPA is Ohio's premier organization for the identification and evaluation of public art opportunities, bringing expertise to the selection of artists and the implementation of public art projects. CPA makes art accessible to the entire community by bringing it into the neighborhoods, greenspaces, and public places that are part of everyday life in Cleveland.  To learn more about Cleveland Public Art, visit www.clevelandpublicart.org.
 
For more information contact:
Jocelynn Clemings, Public Information Officer, Cleveland’s Innerbelt Bridge
or
Tiffany Graham, Project Manager, Cleveland Public Art
tgraham@clevelandpublicart.org, 216-621-5330