Winners Announced in Make your Mark on Moreland Artist Competition
Gateways and Historic Marker Concepts Chosen
Dateline: May 3, 2018 - The City of Shaker Heights announces winners in the Make your Mark on Moreland Artist Competition. Artists will present their concepts at a community meeting on Thursday, May 17 at 6 pm at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Rd. Input from this meeting will be used to further refine the concepts. All are welcome to attend.
A Call for Artists was publicized in February inviting artists and design professionals to submit proposals for the creation of highly visible, noteworthy gateways and historic markers in Moreland, one of the City’s historically significant neighborhoods. Design concepts had to embody cultural and social identities and define a dynamic neighborhood steeped in history and poised for growth.
Scott Goss, a Shaker Heights multi-media artist, submitted the winning proposal in the Gateway category and was awarded $500. He proposed the construction of 29 welded steel doors, each modeled after a front door found in the neighborhood. Goss was inspired by the diversity of architecture in Moreland and throughout Shaker Heights. His concept invites viewers to interact with the doors by finding styles most similar to their own. The doors will form two towers representing the gabled style houses in Moreland and will create a large scale uppercase M, for Moreland. Goss has been working as an artist for over 12 years and has had work in numerous solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions. His work can be seen at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University and in private collections throughout the United States.
Charlotte Lees, a local artist working primarily with metals and wood, submitted the winning proposal for colorful, sculpture Historic Markers and was awarded $500. The concept combines a contemporary design with historic visuals. The work would invite visitors to walk around them and view the messages from several perspectives. Preliminary sketches reference building blocks that incorporate images and words to help the viewer interact with the work. Lees works with bronze, steel, aluminum, concrete and wood. Her work on many other public art commissions and service projects demonstrated to the jury an understanding of the importance of seeking input from the community to refine her concept. Her work can be seen in the collections of MetroHealth Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Akron Children’s Hospital.
The jury agreed that these two concepts best captured the spirit of the community and the importance of the neighborhood. Both artists cited a desire to enhance the “pride of place” within the community. The exact location of the gateways and the historic markers will be determined once the designs are finalized. Work is underway to secure funding for the creation and installation of the work.
A special $500 Ingenuity Innovation Award was given to Nelson Morris for his concept, which was uniquely tied to the community by creating stone replicas of residents’ faces capturing a snapshot of the neighborhood.
“The Moreland neighborhood has a rich and important history. Using innovative public art to mark its entry points and highlight historic places within the neighborhood is the perfect way to honor it. I look forward to this project coming to fruition,” said Mayor David E. Weiss
The City initiated the Make your Mark on Moreland: Call for Artists, which is partially funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Ingenuity Cleveland is the producing partner for programming. Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is a programming partner supporting community outreach efforts.
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