Client: Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Location: Cleveland , OH, United States
Artwork budget: $145,000
artist and fabricator
Daniel Roache studio
Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
A metal relief sculpture that honors the industries of Cleveland, Ohio and its history in the 2nd World War defense production effort.
The relief sculpture was commissioned by the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for the Brookpark commuter railway station which is in the heart of Cleveland’s automobile manufacturing and steel production area.
The sculpture is fabricated of laser-cut heavy aluminum plate that is welded and riveted together into a durable structure that can be safely handled by the public setting and is weatherproof for permanent outdoor display. All visible surfaces are finished with automobile paints that are lightfast and easily cleaned if needed.
The artwork is securely installed with a concealed mounting bracket system that creates a multi-plane floating effect against the limestone veneered wall space.
The selection committee wanted the artwork to be a reflection of the industries that are neighboring the train station. Many of the people that utilize the transit station are employed by the manufacturing plants within walking distance of the station.
The skyline of the city of Cleveland in the lower part of the composition reinforces the regional identity of the theme.
The sculpture design was developed after consulting with the building's architects and researching historical photos of the war time industries in the Cleveland area.
This commission also involved the design and fabrication of a second smaller relief sculpture (6.5'h x 7'w) that is installed at a West side entrance to the railway station.