Cleveland Innerbelt Project Mural Art Program
About the Work
Through a national search, managed by LAND studio, three artists were commissioned to enhance neighborhood underpasses with digitally captured murals to be installed on the Innerbelt Bridge. The selection process began in the fall of 2011 and the request for qualifications elicited more than 150 submissions from artists nationwide. Nine finalists were selected to present full proposals and a selection committee pared the field to three winners; Cleveland native Natalie Lanese, Cleveland resident Eric Rippert and the team of Erin Guido and Peter Brock also with ties to Cleveland.
The artists were each selected for placement at one of three underpass locations in Cleveland’s Historic Gateway and Tremont neighborhoods. Lanese, a collage artist currently working in Michigan, installed her designs on Ontario Street in the Gateway neighborhood. The works of Rippert, a photographer, are showcased in the Tremont Neighborhood on Fairfield Avenue. The team of Guido, a Cleveland-based graphic designer, and Brock, a New York-based public artist, can be found on West 14th street in Tremont.
How It Started
Cleveland’s Innerbelt Bridge is a critical component of the City of Cleveland’s infrastructure and one of Ohio’s most essential transportation corridors. This 50-year-old bridge is a vital link into downtown Cleveland, used by nearly 120,000 automobiles daily. It serves as the primary method of travel for residents of Cleveland’s western and southern suburbs headed downtown and connects to several major highways.
During the spring of 2009, ODOT announced plans to construct a new westbound Innerbelt Bridge, using federal transportation stimulus funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In the aftermath of this announcement, an exciting community process emerged. Through a series of community meetings, a framework for the bridge’s visual impact related to colors, texture, shapes, scale, lighting etc. was developed and folded into construction plans.
Cleveland’s Innerbelt Bridge is a critical component of the City of Cleveland’s infrastructure and one of Ohio’s most essential transportation corridors. The project is the largest transportation improvement project in the State of Ohio’s history and one of few that has incorporated a public art component.
The artist’s designs are currently being finalized and will be installed as bridge construction is completed.