Market Square Park
About the Work
Seated across the street from Cleveland's celebrated West Side Market, Market Square Park is a focal point for the historic Ohio City. Once blighted and underutilized, the park now invites neighborhood residents, visitors, and transit riders to experience vibrant public artwork, seating, and the accessible redesign. These enhancements are the result of a collaborative effort between LAND studio, Ohio City Development Corporation, The West Side Market, Greater Cleveland RTA, Councilman Joe Cimperman and the City of Cleveland.
In anticipation of the West Side Market's 2012 centennial celebration, LAND studio and partners engaged City Architecture to develop a design proposal to accommodate the needs of the bustling commercial district with significant public transportation ridership. To complement that process and help foster a unique sense of place and neighborhood identity, artist Mark Moskovitz was selected to design public art elements for the park. His work took on harvest themes, linking the park to the market and including seating and eating areas reminiscent of fruit crates seen throughout the market as well as gateway features for the park inspired by the unique orchard ladders found throughout the region's many fruit tree farms.
Additionally, muralist Augustina Droze was commissioned through the City of Cleveland's Percent-for-Art program to adorn the large building wall that creates the park’s western edge with a mural. The painted mural features four large sets of hands creating things which can be found in the market district, as well as vegetables, an aerial view of farm land, and flowers. An aluminum overlay, created by artist Mike Moritz, sits over the painted elements. The metal pattern is of a weave, to evoke the feeling that the building itself is being made
City of Cleveland Department of Public Works