Cleveland Metro reports that the planned statue of Superman for Cleveland, hometown of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, has had to abandon its planned venue. The original site near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer available and the committee in charge have said that they are “back at square one.” Indeed, the design may have to change now as well.
The 4,000-pound, 10-foot-long statue is planned to be placed on a steel column, measuring 36 feet from the base to the highest point of Superman’s body. The estimated cost was $4.5 million.
The original plan saw the sculptor Deming state that the plaza below the statue would include a jumble of abstract shapes to resemble Superman’s home of Krypton and statues of both Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, as well as Joanne Siegel, the inspiration for Lois Lane.
The original location, donated by property developer and comic book fan Richard Pace, had to be withdrawn in favour of a major development, and he did not want to hold the project up any further while they looked for another location.
The prototype of the Superman statue is on display at the Cleveland Public Library through March 31st as part of its Superman exhibit that opened last year.
There are lots of possibilities for new locations, and Cleveland Metro commentators suggest anywhere from the grounds of Glenville High School, the AT&T building or the airports. But whatever happens, DC Comics still has to give the project the thumbs up.
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