E9th Lantern Project June 27, 2014 - July 24, 2015
About the Work
The 9th Street Lantern project is the first of several artist-designed projects and programming made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program and the Ohio Arts Council’s Creative Economy program.
Using artist-designed lighting and a pattern of translucent vinyl, the headhouse of the Northcoast Harbor RTA station has been transformed into a beacon of color and light, bringing attention to the station and improving the pedestrian experience of crossing the bridge. The permanent LED lighting was designed by local artist Ron Friedman of Art and Science Lighting. The colored vinyl patterning was designed by local artist Christine Wisnieski and will last between 2-3 years.
The project builds on Cleveland’s continued emphasis on making stronger connections between downtown and Lake Erie. The 9th Street Lantern provides residents and visitors with a colorful attraction, animating an otherwise bleak and uninteresting gap between the city and waterfront. It will make a significant improvement for users of the RTA’s Waterfront Line, especially during major downtown events. This project not only enhances the experience of East 9th, the main north/south corridor through downtown, but illuminates the existing energy in the area.
Special thanks to those at Avery Dennison, the local labeling and packaging company that provided the product which was creatively used for the public art installation. Thanks also to Repros Inc. for installing the colored vinyl and Harrington Electric Co. for installing the new LED lights.
Art & Science Lighting Design
Art & Science Lighting Design is a lighting design firm founded in 1994. Our clients are designers, architects, and owners. We collaborate with them to design lighting for interiors, building facades, sites, and landscape. Our portfolio is diverse, ranging from shopping malls to large residences. The common thread is light applied to make spaces habitable and appealing. Light that serves architectural intent produces work that is vivid, textured, and inviting --- work that is more than the sum of its parts.
Christine Wisnieski is a multi-disciplinary designer based in Cleveland, Ohio. After years as an Art Director, she founded her studio in 2011 where she merges her hand touched aesthetic with wit, sophisticated typography and a splashes of color. She spends her days juggling client work, DIY commissions and creating a line of paper goods. Services include Art Direction, Brand Development, Identity Development, Package Design, Pattern Design, Lettering, Illustration, Website Design, Graphic Design and Styling.
Ron Friedman is a Cleveland local Lighting Designer and Writer.
How It Started
Building off of recommendations by reports created by LAND studio for Destination Cleveland and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaboration for Downtown Cleveland Alliance on areas of focus to create welcoming gateways into downtown, the 9th Street Lantern is among the first projects to be implemented that achieve these goals. It is part of a collaborative project, Up and Down East 9th, which delivers creative placemaking projects along the spine that connects the lakefront to Interstate 90. Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, LAND studio’s partnership with Ingenuity will result in several public art projects along this corridor.
To learn more about the orginial National Endowment for the Arts grant, read "LAND Studio, Ingenuity land $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts", published by Crain's Cleveland Business -- http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20140717/FREE/140719835/land-studio-ingenuity-land-100000-grant-from-the-national