Friend of MAKE, Andrew “Drew” Ratcliff is one member of a team of Cleveland and Brooklyn-based artists and engineers. He’s also one of the makers of the Waterfall Swing, which has made appearances at the Bay Area and New York Maker Faires, and that you might have seen recently on national television.
Having recently moved to Brooklyn, NY, I returned to my old home in Cleveland this past weekend and attended the city’s first Maker Faire. This mini version of a full-blown Maker Faire was hosted by the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library and sponsored by Ingenuity Fest. Cleveland has a rich tradition of arts philanthropy with several museums – notably the Cleveland Museum of Art – still offering free admission. In that spirit this Mini Maker Faire was free too.
Two buildings form the main branch of the public library. There is the historic building completed in 1925 and the modern Louis Stokes Wing completed in 1997. Both buildings have amazing architectural details that library and architecture aficionados will appreciate (images below). The Mini Maker Faire was hosted in the new building and was spread out over six floors.
Here’s what I found touring the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire:
After leaving the Maker Faire, I took a tour of the library’s historic building which is has a tranquil contrast to the buzz and vibrance of the modern building. Check out the photos to see what I found there.
Cleveland Public Library
The main branch’s historic building is on the left, and the expansion wing is on the right.
Interior tile work in the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library.
The towering staircase and interior atrium of the new building.
A globe lantern.
Interior of the historic building.
Curving walls of windows in the new wing.