Euclid Corridor Transportation Project
About the Work
LAND studio took the lead in the public art component of the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project (ECTP). The project entailed the rebuilding of Euclid Avenue, Cleveland's traditional main street, from downtown Cleveland, through Playhouse Square, Cleveland State University, and University Circle, to Windermere rapid station in East Cleveland and the addition of a bus rapid transit line, which is known as the HealthLine, to the street.
The ECTP is a 6.7-mile transit, roadway, and street-amenity enhancement project connecting Cleveland’s two largest employment centers – Downtown and University Circle.
In addition to improving service for thousands of daily riders on the HealthLine BRT, successor to the heavily used No. 6 bus line, the ECTP, largely completed in October 2008, has resulted in the rebuilding of Euclid Avenue, historically Cleveland’s most notable residential and commercial street.
Through RTA’s Arts in Transit Program, which allocates 1% of a capital project’s construction budget to public art, the Euclid Corridor project will have brought one million dollars in public art to Euclid Avenue.
Since creation of the master plan in August 2003, LAND studio has worked with the five artists who were selected to work alongside the project’s design team in putting together integrated artworks for the corridor. Among the artist-designed amenities are benches, guideposts, crosswalks, and trash receptacles. The artists behind the works are Mark Howard and Arlene Watson of Cleveland, Nancy Dwyer of New York, Cliff Garten of California, and Joan Brigham of Massachusetts.
Three major sculptural installations are also included in the project. A landscape-oriented sculpture by Scott Murase is in place in University Circle, and two other installations-- one by Steve Manka in Playhouse Square and another by Barry Holden and Nina Yankowitz in East Cleveland-- were completed in the spring and summer of 2009.
For more detailed information and pictures of specific projects, click on Chorus Line Luminaries, Osmosis, or Interactive Poetry Project under completed projects.
How It Started
LAND studio was hired by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to work with RTA's Arts in Transit Committee, community members, and the Euclid Corridor design team to develop a public art master plan for the corridor. The plan explored public art opportunities along Euclid Avenue and set up a strategy for implementing the art components of the project.