Settlers Landing, Transit Bench, "Ship Building"
One of 6 windscreen benches; this one depicts ship building on the Cuyahoga River at Cleveland. The public art project illustrates the settling of the Cuyahoga Valley with a focus on transportation. Sandblasted safety glass was painted with black enamel paint.
"Are We There Yet?", Windscreen Benches
In 1996 I was commissioned to design art work for 6 windscreen benches for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.
The drawings trace the development of transportation and the settling of the Cuyahoga Valley. The 78 line drawings were photo sandblasted into safety glass and the carved lines were painted with black enamel.
"American Values", Malden Bike Path Mural
That is me, wearing sun glasses and standing next to Malden's Mayor, Gary Christenson. Standing next to our Mayor is Galvin Murphy, owner of Yankee Pest Control, who funded the mural as part of a contest to adorn his building. Our Mystic Valley Regional High School's art club designed and painted this mural reflecting inspirational words on balloons.
Switch Box Designs, MVRCS High School Art Club
In collaboration with Malden Arts which arranged sponsorship for the city wide public art project, we painted numerous switch boxes. All designs were created as a group, submitted to the jury committee, and executed on site with enamel paint.
Chinese Lunar Year, Asiatown Fundraiser
St Clair Superior Development Corporation (SCSDC) in Cleveland OH has held a series of annual public art campaigns celebrating the Lunar Chinese Year. I was selected to paint pre-fabricated fiberglass sculptures with my original designs:
1. Year of the Ox, "Babe Blue Ox", 2009
2. Year of the Rat, "Pirat", 2008
3. Year of the Tiger, "White Tiger Lilly", 2010
The sculptures were displayed for several weeks and then auctioned at a grand dinner celebration. Funds are used for arts education services.
"Proud" & "Classic Rock", Guitar Mania
In 2002, I was selected to design and paint a 10 foot tall fiberglass guitar for the United Way fundraiser, Guitar Mania. This Cleveland, OH public art project has raised over $2 million benefiting two charities: the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum education programs and United Way.
"Proud", which depicts a peacock, was purchased by Key Bank which donated it to the City of Cleveland. It proudly stood near Oldenburg's Free Stamp sculpture for many years.
My second guitar, "Classic Rock", riffs on a Greek vase design for 2004's event.
Switchbox, Malden MA
The design for the H.L. Jackson switch box required some historic research. I obtained news clippings and historic photographs from the Jackson family. Members of the MVRCS high school art club helped paint.
H.L. Jackson switchbox, Malden MA, 2016
The completed public art project depicts H.L. Jackson and related images. Mr. Jackson was the first African American to be elected to the MA State House of Representatives, from a white majority. He was also the first African American to be elected to the Malden City Council.