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SOURCE The Westin Cleveland Downtown
The Cleveland Convention Center Hotel Gains Landmark Approval for Entry Installation in Preparation for February 2014 Opening
CLEVELAND, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Westin Cleveland Downtown hotel unveiled today designs for a signature public artwork by Cleveland artist Sarah Kabot at a meeting of the City's Landmarks Commission. The large-scale work will welcome guests and visitors as they enter the newly renovated hotel. Kabot's project will be the main showpiece for the Westin's exciting local art program, created by a partnership between hotel management and investment company Sage Hospitality and LAND studio.
LAND studio, a Cleveland-based nonprofit, specializes in public space design and connecting artists into urban redevelopment efforts. LAND studio was brought on by Sage Hospitality as part of their nationwide art program, working to bring local artwork into every Sage hotel. For the Westin Cleveland Downtown, artwork was targeted that draws on the region's rich industrial heritage and Cleveland's distinctive natural landscape to create the exciting feel of reinvention. A unique experience has been created, deeply connected to the city's values, it is something that can't be found anywhere else.
"Many of the traditional industries that built Cleveland are largely gone," said Gregory Peckham, Managing Director of LAND studio. "What remains, however, is a deep local culture that puts a high value on craftsmanship and hard work, invention and re-invention, and building a legacy for future generations. That's what we've conveyed in the Westin's art collection."
Each of the hotel's 484 rooms, its lobby, and public spaces will showcase established and emerging Cleveland artists like Liz Maugans, Michael Loderstedt, Dana Oldfather, Jen Craun, and Anne Kibbe among many others. The pieces will decorate the expertly designed guest rooms and lobby, designed by McCartan, an award winning New York based design firm. "The lobby itself will be something impressive," said Chaim Schochet of Optima Ventures, the ownership group of the Westin. "It will feature new works and commissioned pieces by artists like sculptor Olga Ziemska and Christi Birchfield who are based here in Cleveland but making a name for themselves across the nation."
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