LAND Studio Collaborates on Gould Court


This summer marked the completion of an ongoing project in Ohio City. LAND studio partnered with Ohio City Incorporated and local artist Josh Maxwell to transform Gould Court from a vacated alleyway into a neighborhood gateway and public space.

Once a vehicle pass-through from West 25th Street to public parking, Gould Court is now a vibrant pedestrian walkway and seating area, featuring clusters of larger-than-life sculptural leaves. Not only do the sculptures activate and invite pedestrians into the alley, they serve as part of a water recycling system for Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream alongside landscaping in the newly transformed alley.

The leaf-like sculptures collect rainwater, which is combined with rainwater captured from Mitchell’s roof and is held in an underground cistern tank, and circulated back into the Mitchell’s facility to provide water to the toilets as well as the outdoor landscape beds. The landscape is partnered with sleek picnic tables designed and fabricated by local artist Jason Radcliff of 44 Steel.

The rainwater retention system reduces the amount of city water needed to operate the Mitchell’s facility and provides water for the surrounding landscaping, adding a green, sustainable edge to this public art. The rainwater collection system was made possible through a storm water demonstration grant from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.  Grants from Citizens Bank and Project EverGreen made the public art and landscape enhancements possible.

Next time you stop at Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream, peek around the corner to see the improvements and observe the hidden benefits of the public art along Gould Court.


LAND Studio

1939 West 25th Street, Suite 200

Cleveland, Ohio 44113