The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions return to Cleveland in two weeks, and rest assured your pals at Scene will be there to chronicle all the action and devour any free cheese cubes that may come our way in the process.
But as the eyes of the world turn to our humble burg yet again, we figured now’s a good time to spruce the place up a bit. That’s why we’ve united with the Rock Hall and 20 of Cleveland’s finest artists to help shape up our street boxes in advance of the 10 days of rock-centric activities leading up to the April 14 inductions.
But what was wrong with your handsome white boxes? you might ask, what with their dent accents and flourishes of rust. To put it simply, they weren’t rocking your world quite like we’d like them to.
Enter the artists, who were tasked with conceiving their own designs for our existing boxes, then making their visions a reality over the past two weekends.
One of them, mixed-media specialist Keith Corcoran of Brunswick, has taken the challenge to extremes. His plan is to affix a pair of welded arms to either side of the box, which will then flash a pair of “devil horns” each time a lucky reader grabs an issue.
“When you open the door, it’ll knock a weight inside that’ll make the ‘rock out’ hands rock back and forth,” Corcoran helpfully explains.
“I didn’t know how to weld until I started this project, and I’ve never worked in metal before,” says the former army paratrooper, who later took a military design gig and came to be known as — and we are not making this up — “Combat Crayon.”
“I sorta looked at what the end vision was going to be, then I decided how to get there after I knew what it was going to be,” Combat Crayon continues.
“When I do this kinda stuff, I tend to go overboard.”
That’s why you got the job, pal.