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Thursday, July 07, 2011
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Rustwire.com's big urban photo exhibit and Lina Stapleton's raices installation at Cleveland Public Art

Cleveland Public Art will host an opening party at 1951 West 26th Street for a joint exhibition of an architectural piece by local artist Lina Stapleton and a photography exhibit produced by Rustwire.com. Stapleton?s piece, titled raíces, showcases the beauty of a plant?s root structure within transparent hanging boxes and clear polymer deco beads. raíces, Spanish for ?roots,? lets viewers interact with the artwork by observing the natural rhythmic pattern of the 40 suspended boxes, viewing root structure and plant anatomy, and connecting to the natural world.

Rustwire.com?s Big Urban Photography Project Art Show, features photographic interpretations of Rust Belt cities as seen through the eyes of their young residents. The show is the result of a multi-year collaborative media project that called on the region's best documentary and fine arts photographers.

This project is part of Rustwire.com's mission to explore socioeconomic issues and promising transformational strategies in this and similar regions through photography, essays, and original reporting from residents and ex-pats. Over two years, the blog solicited submissions for photography that captured the essence of these proud, troubled cities. Dozens of amateur and professional photographers submitted images of Detroit, Youngstown, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Cincinnati, Buffalo and other places.

Artists include Cleveland?s Ben Seigel, Billy Delfs, Michael Reilly, David Bergholz, Bridget Callahan and others photographers from Youngstown, Erie, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and New York City.

Cleveland Public Art will host an opening party at 1951 West 26th Street for a joint exhibition of an architectural piece by local artist Lina Stapleton and a photography exhibit produced by Rustwire.com. Stapleton?s piece, titled raíces, showcases the beauty of a plant?s root structure within transparent hanging boxes and clear polymer deco beads. raíces, Spanish for ?roots,? lets viewers interact with the artwork by observing the natural rhythmic pattern of the 40 suspended boxes, viewing root structure and plant anatomy, and connecting to the natural world. Rustwire.com?s Big Urban Photography Project Art Show, features photographic interpretations of Rust Belt cities as seen through the eyes of their young residents. The show is the result of a multi-year collaborative media project that called on the region's best documentary and fine arts photographers. This project is part of Rustwire.com's mission to explore socioeconomic issues and promising transformational strategies in this and similar regions through photography, essays, and original reporting from residents and ex-pats. Over two years, the blog solicited submissions for photography that captured the essence of these proud, troubled cities. Dozens of amateur and professional photographers submitted images of Detroit, Youngstown, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Cincinnati, Buffalo and other places. Artists include Cleveland?s Ben Seigel, Billy Delfs, Michael Reilly, David Bergholz, Bridget Callahan and others photographers from Youngstown, Erie, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and New York City.

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