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Creativity to Spare

A retired carpenter finds a way to use his passion for art to give back to Cleveland.
Lynne Thompson
Walley Two Hawks isn’t the sort of guy you’d expect to find painting a mural. The 59-year-old Cleveland resident is blind in one eye and has limited vision in the other.

The disability ended his career as a journeyman carpenter four years ago, about the same time he began to hone his artistic talents. Today, his mural of Cleveland’s skyline stretches above the pinsetter at Brown’s Grill and Lanes, a bowling alley on the city’s near West Side. It turned out creativity was more important to the project than a keen eye.

“[The owners] wanted to see the whole city, and they also wanted to see both stadiums,” Two Hawks explains. “But there’s no place in Cleveland where you can see both stadiums at the same time.”

He took photos of the city from various viewpoints, then cut out and combined landmarks to compose “an exaggerated perspective” in pinks, beiges, whites and greens. It’s 20 feet long by 3 feet high.

Two Hawks received no payment for the work, which he estimates was completed in 13 days over three weeks.

Check back May 1 for the complete story.

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