For an odd reason, I had the chance to explore Cleveland Ohio this past weekend. To be honest, I didn't expect to see too much in this verdant city - all I've been hearing about Cleveland is that it's a left over city from the once booming auto industry (like Detroit) and that the city today relies on the sports team industry for spirit. Surprisingly, in the few hours that I took to go around the city (and because of the fully developed road systems and empty car traffic, you only need about a few hours to see the whole city) I found some pieces of interesting architecture around Cleveland. I checked out the Peter B.Lewis Building by Frank Gehry at the Case Western University and also The Verdant Walk art installation by Peter and Alyssa North at the downtown mall. Frank Gehry is a Canadian and Peter and Alyssa North teach at the University of Toronto (my school) so it was a nice surprise to see Canada represent in this central US city!
The Frank Gehry building looks liked a mundane industrial-looking red brick buildings that's been hammered down at the centre with a metal spiral that twirls like there's no gravity. It was um.. interesting..
The Verdant Walk provided a surprisingly serene and quiet walking space in the middle of the empty downtown Cleveland. I really wanted to wait till nighttime when the lights came on inside those neon yellow bubbles, but had to settle for these sunset photos. I didn't know that the tall grass was intentional until I read about the '6 different kinds of ohio native grass' when I got home, but I enjoyed walking in between them..