Beacon, a large spinning sculpture made from 51 shiny, repurposed bicycle wheels, looks like a kinder, more eco-friendly version of the Death Star docked on concrete near the convergence of Cleveland, Autumn, and North Watkins.
In their artists' statement Colin Kidder and Eli Gold describe their whimsical, spherical contribution to the landscape as an "eye-catching kinetic sculpture that moves dramatically in the natural wind and shines brightly with reflected sunlight." That works too.
Beacon is named for its function. The goal is to draw attention to the developing Crosstown neighborhood and to the bicycles and pedestrians traveling the nearby Greenline, which can be accessed one block north of the sculpture. To celebrate its installation, artists Kidder and Gold, and the community that helped make Beacon a reality, Crosstown Arts is throwing a block party with live music and refreshments in front of the Cleveland Street Flea Market and the Crosstown Arts office.
The Fuel food truck will also be on hand for bigger appetites.
"Beacon" Block Party, corner of Cleveland, Autumn, and North Watkins, Thursday, August 23rd, 6-8 p.m. Free.