OOSI Sculpture

Jesse Owens

2011 / Alan Cottrill / Columbus

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A larger than life-size portrait of legendary track athlete and OSU alumnus Jesse Owens Around his neck on full display, hang his four gold medals from the 1936 Olympic games. The figure of Jesse stands on the first place spot in full running attire. The other two positions on the podium bear his footprints, reminding the viewer that even he once stood behind the victor. It was through hard work, determination, and a constant competition with himself that he managed to climb to the highest position on the podium.

Jesse Owens is one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century. Apart from winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, he is also known for breaking three world records and tying one in the span of 45 minutes at a Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor in 1935. Part of Owens' legacy supersedes sports as well. He is known for having upset Hitler by completely destroying the narrative of Aryan supremacy by being a black man accomplishing historic feats of athleticism right in the capital of Nazi Germany. Unfortunately in his lifetime, he was faced with nearly insurmountable opposition despite his success, being snubbed by both FDR and Hitler after his Olympic victories.

Location: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, 2450 Fred Taylor Dr

County

: Franklin

Citation

: Alan Cottrill, “Jesse Owens,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed October 19, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1348.

Dublin Core

Title

Jesse Owens

Description

A larger than life-size portrait of legendary track athlete and OSU alumnus Jesse Owens Around his neck on full display, hang his four gold medals from the 1936 Olympic games. The figure of Jesse stands on the first place spot in full running attire. The other two positions on the podium bear his footprints, reminding the viewer that even he once stood behind the victor. It was through hard work, determination, and a constant competition with himself that he managed to climb to the highest position on the podium.

Jesse Owens is one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century. Apart from winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, he is also known for breaking three world records and tying one in the span of 45 minutes at a Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor in 1935. Part of Owens' legacy supersedes sports as well. He is known for having upset Hitler by completely destroying the narrative of Aryan supremacy by being a black man accomplishing historic feats of athleticism right in the capital of Nazi Germany. Unfortunately in his lifetime, he was faced with nearly insurmountable opposition despite his success, being snubbed by both FDR and Hitler after his Olympic victories.

Creator

Date

2011

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Location Street

2450 Fred Taylor Dr

Creation Date

2011