About the Work
As part of the unfolding public art program for the Morgana Run Trail, a paved multi-purpose trail in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, LAND studio worked with Slavic Village Development (SVD) to make an installation of the Pixelating Morgana mural possible. The work beautifies and brings attention to the trail, the off-road section of which is a bit more than two miles long.
Pixelating Morgana, the collaborative work of Christopher Diehl and fellow artists Shaun Breslin and John Troxell, is the largest piece of public art along the trail. The nearly 300-foot-wide and 20-foot-tall mural adorns the formerly nondescript rear wall of the Lextech Industries building.
Sherwin Williams donated significant amounts of paint and consultation services to the project, and Lextech Industries was very supportive of the project; the company went well beyond merely providing a wall for the mural.
How It Started
In 2007, in partnership with SVD, LAND studio commissioned local artists Christopher Diehl and Shaun Breslin to develop a public-art master plan for the Morgana Run Trail. Goals for the trail's emerging public art collection that were established during the planning process include raising awareness of the trail, making it easier to use, and assuring that trail users have a pleasant and safe experience. The plan set out a range of possible projects and project approaches that can be carried out over several years and identified opportunities for artists to continue influencing life along the trail.
In July 2008, muralist John Troxell joined the artist team to begin painting Pixelating, centerpiece of the trail's initial public art collection, with the help of numerous assistants and volunteers.
The mural, a mix of abstract and representational images, overlooks the trail and is visible from Broadway across a vast surface parking lot. LAND studio continues to work closely with SVD to implement future phases of the trail’s public art plan.