Hidden in Plain Sight

Too often, we miss the good stuff (though TiVo sometimes makes up for it). Every day we zip past century-old structures on our way to work, walk by secret details on our lunch breaks and overlook yesterday’s artwork as we shop and play. No more. Use

1.| In the space that belongs to all of us, sacrifices are remembered. Since 1894, the names of 9,000 Ohioans who believed in a Union watch over four bronze relief panels. At 125 feet, its outside is familiar, but what’s important is inside.

2.| Where three streets — one named for the neighborhood — meet, an obelisk stands celebrating Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vision for a world founded upon four essential freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

3.| Chuck’s brush with fame in 1879 accomplished his over arc-ing goal by demonstrating a new form of modern streetlight.
He lit Cleveland first, and other major cities followed. A replica of that first light still shines bright.

4.| Three score and fifteen years ago, the schoolchildren of Cleveland saved their pennies to help erect a statue of the man whose image was on those same coins.
He stands 12 feet tall, orating in front of the building that guides those kids’ great-grandchildren.

5.| Just as their cousin watches the sea in Copenhagen, they look to the lagoon.
Delicately carved in stone in 1929, they won’t swim away (or even wade). Instead, they are an outdoor example of the incredible art nearby.

6.| Maybe we really are a cow town. This beefy carving watches over an Ohio City landmark built in 1912. Hubbell & Benes, the architectural minds behind it, also brought our town the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Masonic Auditorium and Wade Memorial Chapel in Lake View Cemetery.

1| Bronze relief panels inside the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Public Square
2| Monument to the Four Freedoms in Tremont
3| Charles Brush’s arc light lamp at the north end of Public Square
4| Lincoln statue in front of the Cleveland Board of Education
5| “Mermaids” on Wade Lagoon
6| Cow head carving at the West Side Market
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