Folks in Youngstown have developed a pretty straightforward strategy for dealing with blight: cover it up with some pretty artwork.
Art Youngstown last weekend unveiled its Wrap the Arts project, in which a desolate parking lot and chain link fence served to display works from some of the region’s talented artists, residents and community organizations.
Forty large, weather-resistant paintings were wrapped around the lot, on the corner of Wick Avenue and Broadway Avenue on city’s North Side.
The public is invited to view the installation of the project on October 24 between noon and 5 p.m.
Funding for the project was provided by the Wean Foundation.
Thanks to Youngstown Attorney Deb Weaver for sharing the photos and info!
This is what happens to nondescript walls if Cleveland Public Art has its way.
The nonprofit organization has spurred dozens of masterpieces (no entry fee required) across the city of Cleveland since its inception in 1984.
Pictured above is one of CPA’s grander and more recent endeavors: Pixelating Morgana, a 300 by 20 foot mural which brightens the Morgana Run Trail in Slavic Village. The work was completed by artists Christopher Diehl, Sean Breslin and John Troxell with support from Slavic Village Development Corporation and ParkWorks last summer.
Cleveland Public Art is also responsible for some of the most recognizable sights in the city of Cleveland.
The Euclid Avenue planters
Superior Avenue's industry-themed sculpture garden
One of my personal favorites:
The Cleveland Public Library Eastman Reading Garden