The tour begins at Horseshoe Lake Park with the sculpture hanging between two tall trees near the large climbing structure in the playground area.
"Arachne" is a giant spider of cork, wire, and broom bristles lurking on a web strung between a pair of trees. It was originally created for a Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens exhibition. The spider, its eyes glittering from broken pieces of broken jewelry, was purchased by the City of Shaker Heights for the community to enjoy.
Debbie Apple-Presser finds beauty and potential in objects most people might consider discarding. She traces back her penchant for turning trash to treasure when she was five or six, living in University Heights. Apple-Presser trained as a print maker and ceramicist at the University of Wisconsin. She started working in recycled media when she became interested in the creative potential of discards. "I am hooked on the challenge of taking one thing looking at it for its color, material and pattern, and using it to create something different", said the artist. "My intent is to make art that is beautiful, thought provoking and that has hidden surprises". Currently, Apple-Presser is employed as a art educator by the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Directions to the next stop
1. Exit the park turning right onto Park Drive 2. Right on South Park 3. Sculpture is in front yard of the Shaker Historical Society, 16740 South Park Blvd.