Art museum, sewer district launching $5M Doan Brook project that blends art, environment (photos)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:27:10 AM. The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District are joining forces on a $5 million project to reduce erosion on Doan Brook while creating a sculpture garden.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District are blending art and environmental health in a $5 million project to improve a portion of Doan Brook in University Circle. By next spring or summer, the sewer district plans to complete modifications to the Doan Brook immediately west of the museum to reduce flooding and erosion, and to improve natural habitat. The art museum would then follow with a landscaping project designed to enliven a dull and long-disused 6.5-acre section of Rockfeller Park on the west side of the brook. The museum envisions creating a sculpture park and an event space for performances and gatherings in a bucolic setting similar to the Fine Arts Garden and Wade Lagoon, the historic landscape located south of the museum. Jeffrey Strean, the museum's director of architecture and design, said the institution views the project as a gesture of outreach to the surrounding city. "It's the best opportunity we have to connect with the community, with people who have no intention of going to an art museum," he said. "It's a destination in and of itself." The museum and the sewer district are scheduled to present details of their joint plan to the city's planning commission at its Friday meeting. (See presentation embedded at the bottom of this post). Paired projects The Doan Brook project is closely related to the $15 million Nord Family Greenway, a 15-acre rectangle of grass, trees and walkways extending from the Case...Read more
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