Public Sculptures by Lauren Herzak-Bauman seen at Eastman Garden, Cleveland - Common Energy
Public Sculptures by Lauren Herzak-Bauman seen at Eastman Garden, Cleveland - Common Energy

Common Energy

Common Energy seeks to instill the Eastman Reading Garden and the downtown Cleveland community with a message of positivity, inclusivity, and love. The design is based on Tibetan prayer wheels, cylindrical wheels inscribed with Buddhist mantras. Hundreds of thousands of mattress are also placed inside of the wheels. Interacting with the prayer wheels simply requires the act of spinning them in order to send their message out to the world.

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Meet the Creator

Lauren Herzak-Bauman makes sculptures, installations, and public art that explore the dynamic relationships between memory, nature, and loss. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she studied ceramics at The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (MFA 2009) and Bowling Green State University (BFA 2004). Lauren is the recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, and was named a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow. Recent exhibitions include "Somewhere Between" at Gallery W in Westlake, Ohio, and "The Ceramics Show" at Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, Maine. Lauren's latest public art piece, Common Energy, is on display at Cleveland Public Library's Eastman Reading Garden. Lauren lives and makes art in Lakewood, Ohio.