Secure Parking

Cleveland’s once gilded age of unchecked wealth and enormous growth, struggles with urban sprawl and disjointed neighborhoods. Iconic parking structures perch on steel beams embedded into bluestone rock. This rock, a foothill of the Appalachian Mountain Range suggests the original presence of this ancient natural environment. This work draws from visual language already extant in places like Dresden, Germany and Tijuana, Mexico—color, architecture, texture and pattern. Borders, such as the wall between Mexico and the United States, are arbitrary rather than natural.

 
 

Well-lighted parking is at the Border, and the Border is like a parking lot..., 2014. Screenprint, lithography, pencil, spray paint, flashing tape and collage on cut paper, 22.5 in H x 30 in W

Musicians’ Towers offers affordable housing for those 55 and over with low to moderate incomes (home to many from the Soviet air-lift diaspora of 1989, 2014. Screenprint, pencil, spray paint, flashing tape and collage on cut paper, 22.5 in H x 30 in

 
 

Skeleton Chester condos/skeletal border (it juts one foot too far into Mexico, which is noticed, in Playas), 2015 Screenprint, paper lithography, pencil, spray paint and silver leaf, 35 in H x 60 in W

Those parking garages on the way up the hill might soon erode; free parking is an important selling point,  2015. Screenprint, paper lithography, pencil, spray paint and silver leaf, 35 in H x 60 in W

Those parking garages on the way up the hill might soon erode; free parking is an important selling point, 2015. Screenprint, paper lithography, pencil, spray paint and silver leaf, 35 in H x 60 in W

Detail: Musicians’ Towers offers affordable housing for those 55 and over with low to moderate incomes (home to many from the Soviet air-lift diaspora of 1989

 
 

The store, by the side of the Transpeninsular Highway/México 1, sold Security Doors that reminded me of that old lady at the Cleveland HTS City Council meeting who complained about them, 2014. Screenprint, spray paint, pencil and flashing tape, 37 in H x 65.5 in W

Detail: Well-lighted parking is at the Border, and the Border is like a parking lot...

Detail: Secure Parking Included!

Secure Parking Included!, 2014. Screenprint, pencil, spray paint, flashing tape and collage on cut paper, 22.5 in H x 30 in

Photos: Don Snyder