"Blowing Grasses," designed by Stephen Manka, is an ornamental fence that was commissioned to honor Shaker's Centennial. The fence borders the "orchard" that is being planted on a former vacant lot. The fence conveys a windswept feel using iron pieces in the shape of a shepherd's crook. The spacing between the crooks will allow foliage and flowers to grow through in harmony with the steel structure.
Manka states, "Sculpture and urban situations merge in my pursuit of public art". He views art as a form of "urban acupuncture" tying people to a place and to each other. Learn more about Manka here.
“Trumpet Flower” greets passers-by at the Kenyon Walkway, a pedestrian path that links Shaker Town Center with the Lomond neighborhood. It is constructed out of painted steel and stands approximately nine feet tall with the blossom six feet in diameter. The sculpture was funded by a federal grant through the Neighborhood Stabilization program, along with new walkway, fencing, landscaping, and lighting.
Mike Moritz literally grew up around metalworking industry; his father was a millwrightfor General Tire and other companies in Akron. He started his own small workshop in his parent’s garage in 1992. Gradually, by word of mouth, he has built up a reputation as an artist who is design oriented, practical, and skilled across disciplines. He is the founder of Moritz Wood and Metal, a custom metal and design resource studio at Tyler Village, an old elevator factory which has been converted into workspace for artists and tech start-ups. To learn more about Moritz click here
Building community through the arts. Building the arts through the community.
Building community through the arts
Building the arts through the community
Shaker Arts Council
PMB 232 • 16781 Chagrin Blvd
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120