AsiaTown Trio is a Public Art Project sponsored by the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, City of Cleveland, MidTown Cleveland Inc. and AsiaTown Center in Cleveland, OH. My project was chosen by a jury from proposals and models. This project was to be composed of 3 different but related sculptures for 3 sites in the AsiaTown neighborhood. I chose to base my sculptures on the crane, the fish and the flower that are common symbols in Asian art and art from around the world. They can be seen out in the northern Ohio landscape and indoors amongst the artwork at the Cleveland Museum. These images,though grounded in Asian art, have parallels in the art of many cultures. The crane, the fish and the flower are images that anyone can relate to. They bring a sense of nature, goodwill and connection to the diverse urban environment of mid- town Cleveland. Cranes can be found flying over us in the sky on their migration routes. They are considered to be a symbol of longevity and family. Both parents help to rear their young. They are monogamous breeders that may pair-bond for the lifetime of the birds. Cranes have elaborate courting displays or dances. The "Dancing Cranes" sculpture was planned to be installed in front of the senior housing on Payne Ave. Fishing and "fish fry" are family activities that everyone enjoys no matter their age, gender or ethnicity. The fish symbol reminds us of our proximity to Lake Erie and the importance of fish and water to our region. "Double Fish" symbolizes the abundance of food and references the many restaurants in the area that serves seafood. They suggests friendship, partnership and interconnectedness through their joined fins as if they are holding hands. Harmony and empathy can be achieved through community and friendships. "Double Fish" was designed for the intersection of 30 th St. and Superior Ave. "AsiaTown Blossoms" was chosen for it's double meaning as beautiful flowers and as a flourishing of developments for the AsiaTown neighborhood. They were based on the peonies grown in my front yard that has its ancestry in the old worlds of Asia, Europe and North America. In China it is considered a flower of riches and honor. The universality of these sculptures are meant to bridge the diverse cultural backgrounds of the residents and visitors. They bring a dash of color, playfulness and joy to the city streets. The AsiaTown Trio sculptures were made of steel, laser-cut, bent, hammered, welded, primed, painted with exterior paint and clear-coated for public display. 2010-2011. Currently installed at the AsiaTown Center.
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