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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.

Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH
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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