#flockCLE June 14, 2016 - October 14, 2016
About the Work
In 2016 the See Also installation featuring 376 colorful creatures designed by the Italian art collective CrackingArt, exceeded the Eastman Reading Garden walls. The installation included Public Square, the Mall, the balconies and garden of the main Cleveland Public Library, and the green space surrounding the Great Lakes Science Center. CrackingArt has done large scale temporary art installations all over the world, with this installation being the largest in the United States. Including a one of the kind massive red elephant built for Cleveland. Other creatures include snails, swallows, wolves, meerkats and frogs. Each brilliantly colored animal creates a playful contrast between formal architectural settings.
CrackingArt will be the seventh installation of the annual See Also program, which brings temporary works of art to the Eastman Reading Garden each summer. See Also is a collaborative effort between the Cleveland Public Library and LAND studio. The program is funded through an endowment established by the late Lockwood Thompson, a trustee of the library and avid art collector.
Flock is able to extend beyond the walls of the library through the generous $1.5 million grant from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation. The grant, the most unique in LAND studio’s history, will fund large-scale temporary installations over the next three years.
The group consists of six international artists which, since the birth of Cracking Art Movement in 1983 with “Epocale” exhibiton in Milan (edited by Tommaso Trini e Luca Beatrice), shared the common intention to change the history of Art by means of a strong social and environmental commitment, in conjunction with a revolutionary and innovative use of plastic materials, to evoke the close relationship between human society and natural environment. A group-dimension does not restrict the single artist’s personal expression: each member of Cracking Art is therefore free to develop a personal work with plastic materials. The Cracking Art has brought its message of social and environmental awareness to over 384 exhibitions worldwide.