Lake Erie

New Art Show Chronicles Lake Erie's Icy Winter

Feb 6, 2018
photo of Waiting for a Break
ELIZABETH MILLER / GREAT LAKES TODAY

At this time of year, we tend to turn away from the Great Lakes, counting down the days until we can swim, fish, or go boating. But a new show at a Cleveland art gallery looks at Lake Erie from a perspective we rarely see – the icy one.

During the summer, Lake Erie’s western basin is full of boaters and tourists, especially near the islands that lie west of Cleveland. But come winter, the lake is empty, still, and sometimes frozen.

This is the drive behind Julia Christensen’s newest art project, Waiting for a Break

Algae Bloom seen from Lake Erie
NOAA / GLERL

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur applauds the U.S. EPA’s recent decision to withdraw acceptance of the Ohio EPA’s assessment of impaired waterways. The federal agency changed its mind because the assesssment did not account for Lake Erie’s open waters.

photo of Lake Erie
JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 18:

photo of Lake Erie public art exhibit in Public Square
ELIZABETH MILLER / IDEASTREAM

On the Great Lakes, boat and ship traffic is slowing down for the winter.  Meanwhile, in Cleveland, residents have a chance to watch Lake Erie change as ice builds up -- and breaks up.

It’s part of an unusual public art exhibit called Waiting for a Break, by Ohio artist Julia Christensen. 

On a large screen downtown, six live video feeds show different spots along Lake Erie. One shows waves lapping over rocks, others show a remote island and a nearby bay.

Lake Erie coast
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A recently published study by a Kent State University researcher shows significant levels of infectious bacteria on Lake Erie beaches.

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