...as it turns out, it had nothing to do with Optimus Prime.
And for full disclosure, I know zilch about Transformers, the toys, the comics, the movies. Zero. How I pulled "Optimus Prime" out for cultural reference is beyond me.
Transformer Station was just that, a substation, but now turned into an art museum, that has partnered with the Cleveland Museum of Art. It was transformed (ha! get it?!) by a friend and neighbor who is an architect. So we went to see it for a number of reasons.
Overall, the space is fairly small, but nicely done and it still has some of the industrial feel, including the concrete floors and even some of the ceiling features were either original or keeping with the substation theme.
The first major exhibit is called Bridging Cleveland which are photos of - you guessed it - bridges of Cleveland.
The pictures, I believe, were all done using pinhole cameras (something I think would interest my cousin in going to see.....I'm just saying....), so that made it a little less fartsy, but a little more artsy.
Some of the space is definitely newer, which probably had even more to do with our neighbor / friend than the refurbished part - and that was something closer of typical gallery space.
As with any art - modern or not - some of it is good, some of it less than good. But there were some interesting pieces. The new section did not have the bridge exhibition, but other stuff.
What was nice about the museum was continued revitalization of the area. Once only housing two gay bars, a bath house and run down residences, now the area has some great little independent businesses including a coffee house in a fairly unmarked building that had a long line to get joe - at 15:00 on a Saturday afternoon! I like seeing that. The once dilapidated houses are bring fixed up and some of the streets are looking very nice.
So, we've done something new we can check off our list in Cleveland. Smell me!
Song by: Neil Young