Friday, March 15, 2013

Cleveland Steelyards Don't Blow Smoke

To me, the Cleveland steelyards are as intricately fascinating as an expansive natural landscape like the Grand Canyon or the striking New York City skyline. I am captivated by the incredible layering of detail and the tangled web of man-made complexity. Most all of it is useful and serving a purpose. Typically this part of Cleveland is not one you linger in. You sort of speed through to get to where you're going or, more commonly, people avoid this area all together. It's not a view for everyone. The steelyards don't blow smoke. They are beautifully raw in their honesty and reality. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Confetti of Winter

I stood still letting the sound of my boot crunches echo off to where they came from. It was Sunday morning and other than the tingle in my ungloved hands there was nothing stirring. My ears were simultaneously warming and cooling under my wool cap. Frost bite, I thought. I closed my eyes and rocked back and forth gently then with a decided rhythm. Was this that thing that happens when you close your eyes too long, you know that thing that makes your body move when your mind is standing still?  This was self-imposed vertigo. I embraced it and shook and shook and shook until the entire world exploded into a confetti of winter.  

More images here: Winter

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cleveland Public Auditorium - A Perfect Confection

Public Auditorium in Cleveland was opened in 1922. It's been built in the Neoclassical style and stands on the Cleveland Mall as part of the "grand plan" group of buildings in similar design. It has a long history of impressive performers and visitors, including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, to name a couple. It underwent restoration in 2010 and will continue it's life next to and incorporated with the new convention center currently being built. 

The architectural details are intricate and at times difficult to fully absorb. Like a sugary, over decorated birthday cake it makes you stop wide-eyed and think, all for me? And then your teeth start to hurt just thinking about taking a bite. But we wouldn't want it any other way. We want the corner piece with a big fat rose. No one ever says "go easy on the frosting". Well, no one I know. This building serves up it's period confections perfectly. You'll want to run a finger through it. 

One of the coolest part of this space is it's amazing murals that circle the main auditorium. Too see some images you can go here: Cleveland Public Auditorium