Since 2016, the Shaker Arts Council (SHAC) has worked with local artists to animate the utilitarian boxes that line the streets of the city. It all started with a senior project of Shaker Heights High School student Maisha Afrikah Lewisfollowed by a box designed by student Ananda Prioleau in 2018.

“On the Lotus Pond” by Anna HsuThe public art project has taken off over the past six years, with Shaker High seniors and professional artists who live or work in Shaker Heights contributing to utility box designs each year.

The boxes are included in the SHACs Self-Guided Tour of Public Art in Shaker—divided into Green Line and Blue Line Toursgrouped around the two RTA Rapid lines that cross the city.

Last week, SHAC unveiled the seven winning boxes for the Paint the City 2022 project, bringing the total number of boxen and other public art sculptures and murals at 30 citywide. All boxes this year are on the Green Line tour.

The most unique addition this year is the box designed by the artist and photographer Georgio Sabino III, titled “Butterflies and Dragonflies II”. For the first time, the design of the box is interactive and incorporates augmented reality: when the attached QR code is scanned with a smartphone or tablet, the images in the box come to life. “Butterflies and Dragonflies II” can be seen on the median at Shaker Boulevard and Coventry Road.

“Each year, the Shaker Arts Council is thrilled to add more boxes packed by talented local artists to the public realm in our city,” said SHAC President Sally Levine. “A particular note this year is Georgio Sabino III’s box on the median of Shaker Boulevard and Coventry Road. Scan the design’s QR code and you’ll see the box come to life.

“Each year, the Shaker Arts Council is thrilled to add more boxes packed by talented local artists to the public realm in our city,” said SHAC President Sally Levine. “A particular note this year is Georgio Sabino III’s box on the median of Shaker Boulevard and Coventry Road. Scan the design’s QR code and you’ll see the box come to life.

The box designed by this year’s high school students was made by recent Shaker graduate Carmen Joachimsmeyer–Gordon, “Three Goddesses,” can be viewed at Shaker Heights Middle School, 20600 Shaker Boulevard.

Other performers include Allison Wooley’s “Fishbones” at South Park Boulevard and Lee Road; Anna Hsu’s “On Lotus Pond” on South Woodland and Torrington Roads and Hsu’s “Summer Recess” on South Woodland Road and Belvoir Boulevard; “Transitions and Connections” by David Thal at South Green Road and Fairmount Boulevard; and Alicia Vasquez’s “Sun and Moon” at Warrensville Center Road and Fairmount Circle.

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