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Curated Courthouse Project... Making Progress!


Its been one year since Amanda Gorman read her inspiring poem! Here's a video of the work in progress, scheduled to be installed in early May at the Summit County Courthouse. You can see the amazing work of Akron Public School art students from Central and Firestone High Schools who created the border tiles.

The new dawn blooms as we free it.

For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.” Amanda Gorman

The focal point of this artwork is the trillium, the official wildflower of Ohio. Offering a sense of place and purpose to this historic courthouse, this bold design is enhanced with Amanda Gorman's words from her 2021 the inauguration poem, “The Hill We Climb.” The burst of sunlight at the top of the design represents the light that hastens the flower’s emergence in spring and the light as a symbol of hope in Amanda Gorman's words. The trillium flower conveys spiritual embodiment, conscientiousness, precision, elegance, grace, and recovery. The six yellow stamens emerge in all directions and the golden swirls weaving throughout the mosaic emphasize the universal miracles of spring and renewal.

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