About the Work
The ArtPlace: PlaySpace project was a unique play space completed on what used to be a vacant lot on East 156th Street in Cleveland’s North Shore Collinwood neighborhood. Reflective of the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District and the Artists in Residence program that the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture selected North Shore Collinwood to host, the design exemplifies the distinctive personality of the neighborhood by taking an artistic approach to a play space environment that appeals to all ages.
With assistance from the Dominion Foundation and a national ArtPlace grant, Northeast Shores Development Corporation engaged LAND studio to manage the design and construction phases of this project. Goals for this art-inspired play space were manifold—to give the children of this underserved portion of North Shore Collinwood a place to play; to create a tell-tale northern gateway to the burgeoning Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District; and to further inspire neighborhood identity and pride through the creation of a one-of-a-kind, artistically-themed public space that weaves together recreation, youth, and creativity.
Together with Northeast Shores, LAND studio led a process to engage residents and stakeholders in the design of this play area. Melissa Daubert, an interactive artist, and Jim McKnight, a landscape architect, were the creative team behind the new play space that was constructed in June 2013.