Annual “See Also” public art installation set to open mid-June
Visitors to Cleveland Public Library’s (CPL) Eastman Reading Garden will have the company of colorful creatures this summer while they enjoy the downtown reading oasis. Partnering for the seventh year in a row, CPL and LAND studio are bringing the creative work of the Italian art collective Cracking Art to Downtown Cleveland. The installation is set to open to the public mid-June.
This year’s See Also installation is especially unique as it will also embellish some of Cleveland’s most iconic spaces: Public Square and the Mall. Nearly 400 colorful creatures designed by Cracking Art including meerkats, wolves, swallows, frogs, and snails are planned for the installation. The animals will be featured within the Eastman Reading Garden and the balconies of Main Library.
“Each year at CPL we look forward to the unique See Also art installation, and are proud to host thought-provoking artwork for our community and visitors,” says Felton Thomas, director and CEO of CPL. “This summer we are fortunate to be a part of the larger public installation that will transform Eastman Reading Garden as well as Public Square and the Mall.”
Cracking Art has done large scale temporary art installations all over the world, with this summer’s installation being the largest in the United States. In addition to the hundreds of creatures that will be installed throughout Cleveland’s public spaces, a massive, one-of-a-kind red elephant has been created to commemorate the Republic National Convention.
“The Eastman Reading Garden has been one of Cleveland’s great public spaces for decades. The transformation of the Malls and Public Square helps create a city that people can explore on foot. The Cracking Art project is a playful and interactive way to draw people through and celebrate these revitalized civic spaces,” says Greg Peckham, managing director at the nonprofit LAND studio.
See Also was created to engage with audiences in a new way by bringing artwork to the reading garden, and is a collaborative effort between CPL and LAND studio. The program is funded through The Lockwood Thompson Endowment Fund, established by the late Lockwood Thompson, a trustee of the library and avid art collector, with the goal of improving access to contemporary art and culture for all Clevelanders.
For more information about See Also, visit land-studio.org.