OOSI Tour

Downtown Cleveland Sculpture Tour

58 Locations / Curated by OOSI Staff

The Downtown Cleveland Tour starts and ends at Public Square. To proceeds counter-clockwise from the Soldiers & Sailors monument, north and east, then across the lakefront, down into the Flats, back up to Progressive Field and back via East Ninth Street. Or of course you could go clockwise, if you wish.

Locations for Tour

On the fifth of May 1888, the Cuyahoga County Soldier's and Sailor's Union unanimously approved a proposal to erect a massive monument, meant to commemorate the men and boys from Cuyahoga County who contributed to the…

Portrait figure of General Moses Cleaveland, founder of the city of Cleveland. He stands in a classical stance with his left foot stepped forward. He bears a staff in his right hand, and in his left arm he cradles a surveyors…

Portrait of Tom L. Johnson sitting in a simple art nouveau armchair. In his right hand he holds a copy of Henry George's political philosophy tome "Progress and Poverty." His face, soft and friendly, hints of a…

"Justice" statue, installed in 1875, was removed from the old Court House ca. 1932. In August of 1941 it was photographed at the Harris Wrecking Co. 1963 W. 3rd St, in Cleveland (though the accompanying article suggests…

On the Southwest corner of Ontario and Rockwell, an unassuming 10 story building completes the Key Center complex. This is the Society for Savings Building, established in 1889 by architect John Wellborn Root. On the very corner…

One of the statues outside of the Howard M. Metzenbaum Courthouse. Jurisprudence (which means "Justice System") features a hooded woman seated on a throne. She rests her left arm on her knee, which she has raised by…

Large blue birds flanking the entrance to Cleveland Public Library's downtown main branch. Part of LAND Studio's See Art exhibition for the summer of 2016, which consists of 376 such sculptures all around CPL and Public…

Two sets of monumental bronze gates form the south and north entrances to the Eastman Reading Garden. Playful bronze figures--Otterness's trademark--are busy at work in the sculpture. Freestanding figures are also included in…

""Reading a Garden"" is an art installation consisting of several components. At the center is an L-shaped black granite fountain. Parts of an abstract language poem, composed by Tan Lin, are incorporated into…

A symbol of the constant effort for peace, the Fountain of Eternal Life, sometimes referred to as "Peace Arising from the Flames of War" or simply "The War Memorial Fountain" stands a towering 46 feet in the…

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. He stands with his proper right leg forward and his proper right hand raised in gesture. In his proper left hand he holds papers.

An armor clad woman draped in Classical robes. in her left arm she cradles a strongbox, and in her raised right hand she holds a sheathed sword. Around her head is a crown of oak leaves, which represented the highest honor a…

A burly man wearing a tunic sits on a rock. His right hand rests on his thigh, and his left hand holds a hammer. His muscles are well-defined, showing that he is a laborer. The title suggests that this man represents man in his…

Full figure portrait of Bishop Louis Amadeus Rappe, first Roman Catholic Bishop of Cleveland. He is in full solemn pontifical dress: robes, miter, and crosier. He is delivering a blessing with his right hand. The heavy robes that…

A bronze bust of Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, Archbishop of Esztergom, Hungary from 1945 to 1973. He is depicted wearing Cardinal's attire, with a skullcap and elbow length cape called a Mozzetta. He pinches two fingers and a…

"The largest rubber stamp in the world" abides in Willard Park in Cleveland. Constructed by Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen, the Free Stamp wasn't always the peculiar upturned office supply that…

George Washington is depicted as a surveyor facing the Cuyahoga River with his right foot forward. He wears a coat, boots, and a tri-corner hat. He is holding a small scroll or map; his clothing blows in the wind. This statue is…

Two firefighters stand bravely in the face of a roaring inferno. The memorial is a colorful fiberglass piece visible from the shoreway, in a central location between Brown's stadium, the Rock n' Roll hall of Fame, and…

Statue to one of the Cleveland Browns' greatest players and one of the most legendary athletes in Cleveland history. His bronze likeness captures him in a decisive moment: is Brown going to continue trucking forward, through…

Full figure portrait of Moses holding the two tablets with the ten commandments. The Easternmost figure in a series of four statues on the north side of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse. All four of these figures were…

Portrait of Justinian stands with both arms bent and hands resting on his chest. He is wearing classical robes and a head dress. The second-easternmost figure in a series of four statues on the north side of the Cuyahoga…

Portrait of King Alfred the Great stands with his proper right leg forward. In his proper right hand he holds papers while his proper left arm rests on the sword at his side. He is wearing robes and a crown.

This is an oversized figure of John Marshall, third Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The figure is seated, and his PL leg is slightly retracted from his PR.

Oversized figure of Rufus P. Ranney, an Ohio Supreme Court Justice, who seated and hold rolled document upright in PL hand. PL foot slightly extends past PR foot.

Male Figure in clerical attire of Archbishop; proper left hand holds a scroll.

Male figure in belted tunic, chain mail covers legs, proper left hand balances a shield on the ground.

Full figure portrait of Edward I dressed in robes with a shaft in his proper left hand standing above the courthouse entrance. Edward I was chosen for his role in judicial reform in England.

Full figure portrait of John Hampden wearing long robes; proper right arm is bent with hand resting on his chest; proper left arm extends forward at waist height; his head is looking down.

Male figure dressed in traditional robe of an English jurist. Wears long wig, proper left hand across chest holding a gavel, proper right hand appears to clutch a book.

Life-size portrait of Lord Mansfield in long robes, buckle shoes, jurist's long wig & long decorative chain.

Heroic size portrait of Thomas Jefferson in 18th century clothes is seated on a chair holding papers in his hand.

Over life-size figure of Alexander Hamilton seated in Klismos chair. Figure holds book in proper left hand and staff in proper right hand.

Stepped base surmounted by standing figure of Oliver Hazard Perry. Proper left hand clutches a sword; his leg is supported by a draped mooring device; proper left arm rests on chest as upper body turns. Two midshipmen stand at…

Portrait of Jesse Owens depicted in action at he crossed the finish line of the 400 meter relay in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. In his proper right hand Owens holds the baton. His proper right foot is in the air behind him,…

Abstract tubular steel form with overall open shape varying according to the angle of view. Analogous to a giant paper clip opened to form a softened geometric shape. Although by Isamu Noguchi, David E. Davis oversaw its…

Two separate metal pieces: one is freestanding and upright with a sloping foursided base exploding into a curvilinear mass on top; the second is a horizontal rectangular piece sitting flush against the wall which begins at 2…

Site-specific installation of clusters of bean and box shaped forms made of stone. Along both sides of West Sixth Street are paved areas upon which the stone installations rest: three groups on the west and four groups on the…

Bright red angular stepped arch.

On a bench backed with a wall of screen sits a flat cutouot woman; attached to a support beam stands a cutout man. Seven birds sit atop the pipes and screen while green curving pipes grow up out of the ground like vines…

Seven figures dressed in classical style tunics. Central figure is robed female with wings outstretched. A kneeling figure flanks each side of her and two standing figures flank each kneeling figure.

Two stainless steel open work towers, polygonal in section with various heights and profiles. Each has a large tapered base which houses vents and an emergency staircase leading from an underground service area. The towers…

""WHO'S ON FIRST?"" is spelled out on the sidewalk in stone letters approximately bench height.

Ten letters standing about bench height on the side walk which spell out ""MEET ME HERE.""

Rectangular tree planter adorns a walkway; the top ledges of the planter are wide enough to be used as a bench. The entire piece is covered in a variety of ceramic tiles. Some tiles have photographs printed and glazed directly on…

Doby's statue is outside the gates at Progressive Field. His bronze likeness has been captured in the middle of the most exhilarating moment in baseball: right after a home run. Doby's front foot is planted and prepared…

Legendary pitcher, Bob Feller, in the midst of his distinct wind up, standing outside Progressive Field. Feller stands precariously on his right leg. His right arm bears the ball, palm up and stretched behind his back. The left…

A statue of Jim Thome stands guard outside the gates of Progressive Field. His eyes are glued to the imaginary pitcher in front of him. Thome is prepared to whack anything that comes over the plate, out into Lake Erie. Represented…

According to the artist, the seven figures in relief, allegorized land and water, ""the mainsprings of wealth"" as well as banking, ""the interchange of resources & the acummulation of…

A semicircular base that supports three figures. The main figure in the center is an anthropomorphism of Commerce. She is dressed in a strapless robe that is belted at the waist. Her left arm rests on a globe that sits atop a…

A woman in Classical robes. She holds an armful of scrolls in her right arm, and in her raised left hand, she wields a short staff topped with an open hand. The scrolls represent the rolls of office, ad the open hand signifies the…