Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Cleveland, OH

What better place to showcase the work of local Cleveland artists than a place where more than 11 million people visit every year? And what better material to bring those artistic visions to life than terrazzo?

The city of Cleveland has done just that. Through the CLE Terrazzo Art Project, it has transformed the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) into a local art gallery. While some exhibitions come and go, the Terrazzo Art Project is a permanent installation. The rich colors of the designs will be a proud reminder of Cleveland’s beauty for decades.

The Terrazzo Art Project’s theme is “Cleveland – A Green City on a Blue Lake (Past, Present & Future).”

Cleveland’s own O.A. Bertin Co. was the contractor on the job, overseeing the terrazzo installations in seven separate locations throughout the terminal and concourses at CLE.Claire Sullivan Gerdes is a Cleveland artist and designer who runs her own design studio, Claire Sullivan Design. Her design, “Hooked on Cleveland” (pictured), was one of the seven designs selected for the CLE Terrazzo Project. Claire’s use of diverse shapes, naturalistic images, and symbolic icons—all framed by a flowing border—serves to highlight Cleveland’s world-renowned institutions, abundant natural resources, and the down-to-earth charm of the “Forest City.”

Designers for this project were Betsy Nims Friedman, Mark Rook, Maria Cuadra, Eaon March, Chae Simpson, Claire Sullivan, Sean Michael, Tom Koskey, and Eva Kwong.

Project details

  • Location: Cleveland, OH
  • Project Name: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
  • Terrazzo Contractor: O.A. Bertin Co.
  • Architect: Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • General Contractor: Kokosing Construction Company
  • Terrazzo Material Supplier: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Co.
    and Continental Terrazzo Supply
  • Divider Strip Supplier: National Metal Shapes, Inc.

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