About the Work
Sky Blossoms, designed by Stacy Levy, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Shaker Lakes Garden Club and serves as a major landmark and public space in Downtown Cleveland. Levy wants to evoke experience from near and far. The artist is working with landscape architect Jim McKnight to develop a planting plan. Together the artwork and surrounding landscape will create both a gateway and pedestrian destination on Mall C.
The project is designed to reflect the local environment. Its form mimics the Cuyahoga River with a flowing path of bright blue planters that contain native grasses and double as seating elements. The collection of stainless steel poles dotted with colorful, moving fins reference the tall ships of Lake Erie. The kinetic fins are brightly colored shades of blue and pink and give visibility to the strong winds coming off Lake Erie.
How It Started
The Shaker Lakes Garden Club celebrated its centennial year in 2015. The organization has a long history of civic involvement and activism; they’ve contributed to the region in numerous ways, including helping establish the Lakefront State Park, establishing and maintaining gardens and parks across the city, and establishing rapid recovery and educational programs. Most notably, the group saved the Shaker Lakes Natural Preserve in the 1960’s from a planned superhighway that would have destroyed over 200 acres of wildlife and wiped out hundreds of nearby homes. A part of the group’s centennial celebration was the commissioning of the public art legacy gift that would bring enjoyment to the people of Cleveland while capturing their commitment to nature, the environment, and the city.