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Issue Date: April 2009

Eight Greats - Public Art

Lillian Kuri

Beth Stallings
Artwork such as theFree Stamp has its place in the city’s public art scene. But Lillian Kuri, former director of Cleveland Public Art and the current program director for architecture, urban design and sustainable development at the Cleveland Foundation, says her favorite pieces of public art are designed for brown baggers and passersby.
~ Cleveland Public Library Eastman Reading Garden | “It is probably one of the best public spaces with integrated public art within the city. You can grab lunch, and sit and enjoy it. It’s a great example of how landscape, architecture and public art can come together — it’s seamless.” 325 Superior Ave., Cleveland
~ Entryway Fountain at the Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion | “It’s an incredible fountain that’s blue and lit up. ... It’s a dramatic new experience of arriving at the Clinic — a park within the entrance.” 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

~ WindWorks at the Great Lakes Science Center | “The science center put up the wind turbine and had public art installed at the base of it. It’s not something you would go sit at, but for me, it’s changed the face of the city, giving us a new icon.” 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland

~ Euclid Corridor Project | “There’s all of the integrated public art you might not notice as art: trash cans, crosswalks —which were designed by artists — benches.” Euclid Avenue from Public Square to University Circle, Cleveland

~ Downtown Bridges | “I love sitting outside in the Flats at Shooters or somewhere along there and viewing the lit bridges.” Shooters on the Water, 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland

~ Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park | “Take a walk and learn about the rich immigrant history of the city. If you start on the upper part then head down to the lower part, it’s easier to zigzag through them. There are some really nice ones on the upper part you’ll miss if you just walk along the lower portion.” 690 E. 88th St., Cleveland

~ Putnam Sculpture Collection at Case Western Reserve University | “They have some incredible pieces of public art in the undergrad quad, in particular the Turning Point by Philip Johnson that leads right up to the building Frank Gehry designed. It’s a huge sculpture you walk through.” Case Western Reserve University (north of Mather Dance Center and west of Guilford House), Cleveland

~ Mill Creek Falls in Slavic Village | “This one is a little bit obscure, but it’s a hidden treasure. The fencing is this very ornamental artwork, along with benches designed by artists that enhance the experience of the overlook.” Warner and Miles roads, Cleveland

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