In early June of this year, Euclid Avenue will be full of green! Nearly 100 new Euclid Avenue Planters will line either side of Euclid from Public Square to the CSU campus.
The planters are part of a collaboration between Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Cleveland Public Art and ParkWorks. When the Euclid Corridor project was in full swing, it was determined that the ability to do in-ground planters was impossible given the vaults that exist beneath Euclid Avenue’s sidewalks. In order to make sure that new Euclid Avenue included a unique flowering element, the DCA, Cleveland Public Art and ParkWorks set out to secure an artist to concieve and produce a planter for the new street.
Mark Reigleman, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, was selected and brought in from New York for the project. Before long, there was a design concept that everyone agreed was the right strategy for Euclid. Reigleman’s “wrap” design, symbolizes the wrap that goes around a bouquet of flowers. He wanted pedestrians to get the same feeling as someone recieving a bouquet of flowers, so he design the planters to look as thought they are “tipping” towards you. To add to the dynamic feel of the planters, they will be positioned in different directions as they are placed along the street.
Now, the planters are almost through the finishing phase and will be getting ready to be placed along Euclid. The anticipated placement date is the first week of June!
The planters will be filled with seasonal plantings to that no matter what the weather or season…Euclid will be a little greener!