Collinwood Recreation Center
About the Work
In November 2011, the City of Cleveland completed the work of converting a former big-box store on Lakeshore Boulevard into a neighborhood recreation center in Collinwood. The center is located at the north end of Humphrey Park in North Collinwood. Because of the size of the project, the city's Public Art Program required that an amount equal to 1.5% of the project's total budget be set aside for public art on the site. The resulting public art budget was approximately $100,000.
Four separate public art components were identified for the project: paving in a specific area on the plaza in front of the building, artist-designed seating near the front door, a place for a neighborhood-oriented art installation or installations along the main interior corridor, and artist-designed fencing around a sundeck adjacent to an indoor pool.
The benches in front of the center are concrete-filled planters decorated by artist Angelica Pozo, known for her ceramic tile installations around Cleveland. The underlying brick pattern was also designed by Ms. Pozo.
Inside, in a room designated for senior activities, a stained glass window created by artist Michelle Biondo hangs in a front window. In the main reception area, wall hangings include a grayscale mixed-media piece by Meg Garbincus and paintings by Angela Ferritto and Linda Zolten Wood. There is also a colorful wall graphic by Daniel Rothenfeld. A pair of bike racks by Jerry Schmidt has been installed to accommodate bike parking outside the center.
The unique sundeck fence is composed of recycled shipping container panels and, besides being beautiful, also meets the stringent safety and performance standards required of fencing around a swimming pool. The fence was designed, fabricated, and installed by artists Mike Moritz and Stephen Manka, with additional fabrication and installation work performed by Architectural Sheet Metals, LLC.
All of the project artists have ties to Collinwood.
Linda Zolten Wood