Rose DeSiano’s public monument, “Reflect & Refract Democracy,” engages the Eastman Garden

Public education is democracy playing out. It’s the democracy of knowledge, how people should have access to information across all levels, classes, and educations. So it’s perfect to have that work in a public space like a library. Rose DeSiano, Reflect & Refract Democracy Even in these times of social distancing, visitors to Cleveland Public Library’s Eastman Reading Garden can…

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The Magic of Puppetry Comes Alive at the Library 

Large crowd of people in entrance to historic Main Library

“Are you ready for a puppet show?”    When puppeteer Nancy Sander asked this question at the March 23 grand opening of Cleveland Public Library’s The World of Puppets: From Stage to Screen exhibit, she was met with roaring cheers. The audience—children and adults alike—packed Brett Hall in Main Library to see the day’s first performance: a traditional Punch & Judy show.    According to Sander, if Cleveland…

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Cleveland’s Free Stamp

In 1985, the Sohio Oil Company commissioned Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen to design and construct a large outdoor sculpture for its new corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. The result was Free Stamp, a bold and distinctive installation that captured both a Pop Art sensibility and a connection to the city’s industrial past. Sohio executives approved the design, and work was…

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