About the Work
In 2007, Slavic Village Development, in partnership with LAND studio, commissioned local artists Christopher Diehl and Shaun Breslin to develop a public-art master plan for the Morgana Run Trail. The plan set out a range of possible projects and project approaches that could be carried out over several years and identified opportunities for artists to continue influencing life along the trail. One identified opportunity was for an inspiring public artwork, serving duplicate functions as a trailhead and a source of neighborhood identify, at the East 49th Street trailhead.
Working with Slavic Village Development, LAND studio commissioned three artists to develop proposals for the location, and a selection committee chose a proposal by former Cleveland artist Jake Beckman. Signature Sign assisted with some design aspects and then fabricated and installed the piece in the summer of 2010.
The flower sculpture, which resembles a dandelion that has gone to seed, is composed of steel, bicycle wheels, and LED lighting. It stands 35 feet tall and is visible to tens of thousands of daily commuters on the adjacent Interstate 77. The artwork beautifies and brings attention to this trailhead and has become a source of pride and visibility for Slavic Village.
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