Art of the Day: UNSTABLE TABLES by Carl Floyd

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Thu, 06/29/2006 - 08:57.

 

Prehistoric monoliths in Cleveland? Almost -- made of quarried sandstone with concrete and an earth mound, this sculpture has become one with its natural environment since it was installed in 1982. Located at the top of a hill, in a secluded spot with many large old trees, on a site that was once a grand estate; this environmental sculpture is a peaceful place to escape where you can escape from the city., rest and reflect. Do you know where this work is located and who estate this once was? Check back tomorrow.

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on "TOP OF HILL" or "TOP OF ESCARPMENT"?

 

    If the blocks are Berea Sandstone split on the drill lines – emphasizing their extraction from bedrock – like large scale molar surgery -  while appearing to float lightly on sonotube piers, maybe I do know where they are near the edge of the escarpment.  

south campus CWRU

It's numer 28 on this map. http://www.cwru.edu/artsci/arth/putnam/south_campus.pdf
Here's the site to find more CWRU sculpture. http://www.cwru.edu/artsci/arth/putnam/map.html
There were 17 homes along Carlton Road, now the frat houses and dorms for CWRU. Nice stepped walkway to Little Italy and campus there too. Originally it was where the gypsies camped whic is why it was known as Heathen's Ridge. Evelyn, you will have to provide the history of the mystery homeowner.
My son and I took a ride over to see it this afternoon. We saw a lovely brown bunny while we were there... Lots of students playing tennis.

Yesterday's Art of the Day Answers -- UNSTABLE TABLES is...

From Evelyn:

 

Yesterday's Art of the Day Answers -- UNSTABLE TABLES is located near Cedar Hill, by Case's tennis courts and frat houses, the site of the William Lowe Rice Estate. Rice was a prominent lawyer in the firm that is now Jones Day. His unsolved murder, which took place nearby in the first decade of the 20th-century, was written about by John Stark Bellamy II in his THEY DIED CRAWLING series on Cleveland crimes.

Very nice natural treatment of severely disrupted nature

I think the forms of these stones are nice - you are right Jeff about the natural/unnatural disruption that created them. I was at the new Science Center at Oberlin last summer and they had a historic photo gallery of the quarry in Berea and it was amazing. I don't find the sonotubes to fit well with the mass of the rocks - but this is generally nice work... good fit in nature - setting is so important, and Case has nice settings for their sculptures... as Evelyn is pointing out, Cleveland has some nice outdoor public sculpture in general