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Columbus, Ohio: Cancer Survivors Plaza

Happy cancer-free bronze people emerge from a tunnel of German expressionist tilted rectangles. The whole thing is painted circus peanut orange and aqua. Unusual.

Address:
Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH
Directions:
On the Ohio State University campus, on the northeast corner of Olentangy River Rd and W. Lane Ave.
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Cancer Survivors Plaza

Located at the corner of Olentangy River Road and Lane Avenue is one of the more bizarre monuments: the Cancer Survivor Plaza. I say bizarre not for what it symbolizes, but for its mass-produced bronze people emerging from a tunnel of concentric boxes -- it's the exact same set-up that the Cleveland Cancer Survivors Plaza has. Unlike Cleveland's (both of which were built by the (H.R.) Bloch family, this one also has a squat brick pavilion with granite ball that spins on a cushion of water. You can't miss this place -- its painted circus peanut orange and aqua. While there is a gravel spot to pull over and look at it, you can't park there -- you have to park a quarter-mile away and walk to it. What person recovering from cancer treatment can walk that distance?

[Ed Beavers, 05/07/2007]

Here's our report on the Cancer Survivor Gauntlet in San Diego.


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