Watership Down June 30, 2010 - October 01, 2010
About the Work
Watership Down relates to the 1972 novel by Richard Adams, which tells the story of a family of rabbits that are searching for a new place to call home after their warren has been destroyed. At a tumultuous time in Cleveland’s history in which many people have lost their homes, the parable illustrated in Watership Down seems particularly apt.
These fragments of homes, built in styles and colors found throughout Cleveland’s historic working class neighborhoods, appear to be either rising or sinking depending upon the perspective of the viewer. The idea of home is something that can no longer be taken for granted. However, like the rabbits in the novel, Clevelanders continue to show strength and resiliency as they seek to shape their lives in the aftermath of a crisis.
Jon Reed holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Toronto and is an artist and designer, living and working in Toronto, Canada. Many of Jon’s pieces are created through various exploration of public space, including but not limited to: streets, pathways, lobbies, and public transportation. With the employment of various mediums, his work attempts to question and highlight how we define, perceive, remember, occupy, and activate public spaces and the architecture of cities while targeting current local and global issues.
Maier Yagod is an architect, artist, and graphic designer. He holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelors degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has worked for Zvi Hecker architect in Amsterdam, Bruce Mau in Toronto, and Sauerbruch Hutton in Berlin. Currently, he is working for Moshe Margalith Architect. His projects include covert public art pieces, covert artistic creations, and critical research and writing.
How It Started
The See Also program strives to initiate creative, innovative, and thought-provoking works of art that add to the Library’s broad range of cultural programming. “See Also” is in reference to a term used in library cataloging which essentially means “look here, but also look for these related terms which cover similar topics.” Learning how to connect a wide range of topics and ideas to one another is something that the Library is interested in doing through artwork. Because libraries across the country are striving to provide information, programs, and materials that are more interactive and engaging to the public, using the term “See Also” as the name of this program is a way of connecting people to the past in a forward-looking way.
2010 is the inaugural year of this program and the Library received 30 proposals from a wide range of artists. Members of the committee that selected Watership Down include:
• Margo Crutchfield, Senior Curator at MOCA Cleveland
• Pamela Eyerdam, Fine Arts and Special Collections Manager at Cleveland Public Library
• Christopher Lynn, Executive Director at SPACES Gallery
• Paola Morsiani, Contemporary Art Curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art
• H. Scott Westover, Curator of the Progressive Insurance Art Collection
See Also has been generously funded through an endowment fund set up by Lockwood Thompson, who was an avid art collector and trustee to the Cleveland Public Library. This program is a collaboration between the Library and LAND studio.