CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland is set to receive colorful rock 'n' roll-themed sculptures that play snippets of songs from its rock hall inductees at regular intervals.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Destination Cleveland are planning to put the sculptures along the downtown business spine ahead of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The installation, called "Rock Box," is expected to be made up of stacks of 2-foot-square loudspeakers that play music from rock Hall of Famers. The goal is to create a stronger link between the hall of fame and downtown, which are separated by railroads, a 70-foot drop in elevation, and highways and ramps.
Destination Cleveland communications manager Jennifer Kramer tells WKYC-TV that the project will be a unifying force in downtown Cleveland.
"We always say that we have great dots, but we don't have a great way of connecting them," Kramer said.
The speakers will be made of black steel. Mark Reigelman II, who graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, said the center of the speakers that look like the horn of a gramophone will have colors such as lime green, pink and purple.
Reigelman and Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock Hall, said the project was inspired by buildings that let out sounds regularly, such as church bells, sirens, and whistles.
"I lived for a long time in a town that had a noon whistle and a 5 o'clock whistle," Harris told The Plain Dealer. "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if for 30 seconds at noon and 30 seconds at 5 you heard some unbelievable, exciting instrumental that was coming out of these boxes through the city?' "
The design calls for about 50 speaker boxes to be installed in various sizes of stacks and towers.
The city gave final approval for the $500,000 project on last Friday. It's being funded by Destination Cleveland