In creating this set of murals “The Space Between You and It Melt” for INTER|URBAN, we were inspired by both the architecture of the site and Jesmyn Ward's award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. The novel’s narrative weaves between present and past, life and death, and comfort and pain. The two bridge pillars underneath the Red Line train underscore these parallels and divisions, always in conversation, but never touching. Franklin Avenue is the space between the pillars, while the arches hold secrets. The river bolsters one side, while the other slides down a hill.
We loved this challenging site for both the location and the structure itself. This abstract mural was influenced by Josef Albers’s color studies, as well as architectural typography. Our hope is that people will experience and discover it in many ways—driving or biking by, or walking through, coming from across the river or sitting on the back patio at Hoopples.
The mural was completed with assistance from Sam Cahill, Amber Esner, Kim Tran, and Ana Akrap.
INTER|URBAN, produced by LAND studio in partnership with the City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, and The Cleveland Foundation, is a transformation of Cleveland’s public transit rail system into a large-scale public art experience. This city-wide initiative connects public transit riders physically, socially, and culturally to not only their surroundings but to some of the most important and difficult issues facing our society.
Inspiration for the artworks are taken directly from award-winning literature of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which recognizes authors exploring ideas of social justice, diversity, and the celebration of all cultures and backgrounds. Each piece is a direct reflection of the artists’ selected inspiration.