Thursday, July 25, 2013
New York artist Mark Reigelman was commissioned by Land Studio of Cleveland to create an art installation for the Eastman Garden at the downtown branch of the Cleveland Public Library. As with any artist, especially one from out of town, Reigelman did research and studied the space, as he searched for inspiration. Eventually, he found it form of a mythical creature. Shortly before the artist finished the piece, our ideastream cameras caught up with him hard at work, connecting 40,000 pieces of wood together to make a Bird’s Nest.
While the idea for Mark Reigelman’s Bird’s Nest came from a mythical creature, the clean, simple lines of Amish Furniture are deeply rooted in their unpretentious culture and way of life. We discover how their customary way of making furniture, which has existed for centuries, is starting to change.
And writer Michael Gill’s “Uncommon Book of Common Rhymes” was produced in a very uncommon manner: by hand, with inks and a letterpress… and without the aid of a computer.
Artist Mark Reigelman, Bird’s Nest at the Cleveland Public Library
Amish Furniture Making
Writer/artist, Michael Gill
Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.
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The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
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