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Akron's Innovative Chihuly Rock Candy Sculpture

The city of Akron is known globally for its innovation. During the height of Industrial rubber production Akron was the home to headquarters for the B.F. Goodrich Company, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Akron has also shown innovation in the art world. One look at the convergence of old and new architecture at the Akron Art Museum will show that Akron's art patrons can appreciate innovation.

On the campus of the University of Akron, you'll find a sparkling blue polymer sculpture bringing innovation to public art. The sculpture is by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly. Highlighted by the reflective Goodyear Polymer Center, Chihuly's sculpture attracts the attention of many visitors. You're almost certain to see someone gazing up at the blue "rock candy," as I've heard it referred to on more than one occasion. The idea for the sculpture was a collaboration that symbolized the university's polymer pioneering …

Cemetery Art

Many people may not think of a trip to the cemetery as a place to find art. But if you are a taphophile, that may be exactly why you're there. The word taphophile comes from the Greek words taphos, meaning "tomb" philia, meaning "attraction or affinity to something." These people do not have to be depressed or morbid to find cemeteries a resource for art. Some people, such as myself, find them to be a peaceful place filled with interesting stories. Maybe it was my lessons practicing driving with my grandfather in the local cemetery that made them a comfortable place, but I digress...

Of course I would not be going on an art trip to a cemetery at night; I've seen too many movies not to fear the human element that could be lurking in the shadows. But I've seen cemetery photos, both day and night with incredible contrasts in light and texture, and find both peace and mystery in these images. Daytime brings plenty of beautiful and unexpected sites. One can …