Do you know what lies beneath the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Cleveland? Well, you can check it out September 24-26 at the Ingenuity Festival which will be held under the abandoned streetcar level. Check out the labyrinthine maze of curious tunnels. Veterans Memorial bridge connects downtown Cleveland to the city’s west side.
The Ingenuity Festival is an annual Cleveland event celebrating art and technology. The Ingenuity Festival features work from international masters as well as Cleveland’s own performing and visual artists. Formerly held downtown, the new venue will prove to be a wonderful enhancement to an already fabulous festival which blends art and technology. Major colleges and universities as well as high tech firms also combine to create a dazzling display of brand new work. The Ingenuity Festival pushes the boundaries of what art is and draws the audience in to be more than just spectators.
The idea to host the festival in this unique venue was confirmed last September when The Bridge Project, with no advertisement, brought and held 10,000 people. 50,000 people are expected to attend this 3-day festival of art and technology.
This hidden section of Cleveland encompasses what the directors of the festival want to accomplish, connecting people with downtown. Showing them what was Cleveland, what Cleveland is today and what it could be in the future through amazing art exhibits. This is not your typical art show though, the artists involved this year will incorporate the physical surrounding into their work. The stairways, tunnels and special lighting and acoustics will create a coherent and intriguing atmosphere.
Step out onto the old streetcar tracks and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Look down if you are brave and see the river below. Streetcars in Cleveland stopped back in 1954, and few people even know these tracks are still in existence. Well, up until now. The sixth annual Ingenuity Festival will change that. Come out September 24-26 to see not only this wonderful part of Cleveland history, but take in all the sights and sounds of the arts. One of the installments takes a look at the layers of the bridge, Used daily by Clevelanders, the Veterans Memorial is only the outer shell of a complex system that includes two railroad tracks, another bridge and the Cuyahoga River.
There is a bigger picture at stake here, according to a recent article the director of the festival envisions giving Clevelanders a taste of what this area could hold. What if the area was reopened to pedestrian traffic and dotted with kiosks sheltered from the often harsh and ever-changing weather conditions
Visit Ingenuitycleveland.com for more information and the see pictures from past events.