The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

The Eastman Reading Garden is located on top of the underground passage between the Cleveland Public Library‘s main building and the Stokes Wing, in the heart of downtown. The space features The Gates, an installation by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and the poet Tan Lin.

Two sets of heavy gates flank the entrances, adorned with Otterness’ bronze figurines that are very similar to his Life Underground installation in the 14th Street/8th Avenue subway station in NYC.

The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

More figures dot the landscape inside the courtyard.

The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

Words and letters are embedded underfoot.

The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

The Gates by Tom Otterness, Maya Lin and Tan Lin

The splashes of pink are part of an annual temporary installation in the space by LAND Studio, a public art and urban design nonprofit organization that works all over Cleveland. Figure/Ground is by Scott Stibich and includes 100 vintage chairs painted a bright pink, which can be reconfigured to suit the needs to those who use this space.

Figure/Ground by Scott Stibich and LAND Studio

Figure/Ground by Scott Stibich and LAND Studio

After seeing photos of the interior, especially the reading room, I’m kicking myself for not having gone inside the library.

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