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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Downtown Cleveland Alliance Unveils Art Box Mural Series Throughout Downtown This Morning

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 9:58 AM

  • Rachel Strongoli’s "Where Do My Thoughts Come From," Photo by Wade Gagich.

After months of planning, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) and its City Advocates Program – in partnership with Crown Castle, the nation’s largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure – will officially unveil their “Connections That Matter” Art Box Mural Series at an official ceremony this morning.

The project features nine designs by local artists. Utility boxes have been wrapped with vinyl reproductions of the selected artworks and are located throughout the heart of the city – from the Cleveland Convention Center to Quicken Loans Arena.

Selected artists/artworks:

Greg Budgett’s They Might Be Guardians is located at 2359 Ontario St.
Elizabeth Emery’s Orange Pool in Sunlight can be seen at 660 Huron Rd. East.
Aaron Gelston’s Coffee Talks is installed at 402 Euclid Ave.
Joe Karlovec’s Peridot can be found at 2120 E. 4th St.
Elizabeth Lorek’s Lovely Light is on view at 24 Public Square.
Liz Maugans’ Interconnected is located at 250 St. Clair Ave.
Rachel Strongoli’s Where Do My Thoughts Come From is placed at 393 Superior Ave.
Garrett Weider’s CLE 216 can be viewed at 2183 Ontario St.
JenMarie Zeleznak’s These Dialogue Stars is installed at 2103 E. 4th St.

The project was implemented by members of the DCA City Advocates Program, including Evan Cottington, Shanice Dunning, John Hagerty, Samantha Martin, Laura Resch and Elise Yablonsky.

The “Connections That Matter” Art Box Mural Series is a follow-up to DCA’s Citizens Art Box project, which wrapped 11 utility boxes along Euclid Avenue (between Public Square and Playhouse Square) with selected artwork by local artists. Artwork on utility boxes isn’t a new concept; it's been utilized around the world to brighten communities, while communicating with a mobile audience to create an “enlivened, safe, inclusive and inspired environment.”

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