This large sculpture by Shaker High graduate (’89) Steve Manka graces the intersection of Lomond Blvd and Lee Road. Entitled “Cloud Monoliths” this sixteen foot tall sculpture dominates the scene. This blue monolithic block is carved out in the center to reveal a silver lining and is the artist’s imagined representation of a cross section of a cloud anchored to the ground.
Manka believes, “... our public domain is malleable and needs to be shaped with sensibilities that respond sustainability and poetically to the unique realities of each place.” He states, “My public design work is site specific and concept driven. The goal is to find meaningful interactions at each site and then to play with these layers of meaning. Collaboration with residents and other disciplines is crucial and enriching. As a sculptor I hope to yield sustainable and legible public art landscapes that participate in the great craft traditions of building, sometimes pushing techniques when charged with shaping stone, steel, concrete, glass, lighting, plants, images..."
This art-wrapped utility box is located across from "Cloud Monoliths." The design was one of five commissioned as a part of the Painting the Town utility box competition. The artwork is the artist's version of a swing ride at a county fair or carnival. As a child, Parker Boyle was inspired by the times she attended the Lake County Fair for many years when her father was the Director.
Renee Parker Boyle is a graphic designer and illustrator. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University. A long time Shaker resident, she is a fifteen year volunteer in the Shaker Schools and the Shaker Schools Foundation.
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
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Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120