Cleveland, Ohio: Bombed Thinker

A bronze copy of Rodin's "The Thinker" had its legs blown off by a pipe bomb in 1970, and has been kept in that shredded state ever since.

Address:
11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH
Directions:
The statue sits in front of the main entrance to the Cleveland Museum of Art. East side of the city, on the west side of East Blvd two blocks north of US Hwy 322.
Admission:
Free
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Bombed Thinker

On March 24, 1970, at 1 AM, the Thinker statue was bombed. A pipe bomb equal to three sticks of dynamite knocked the statue off its base, destroying the base and lower legs. It was decided not to repair the statue but to place it back outside the museum in its damaged condition.

[Norm Gonder, 02/08/2013]

This bronze copy of Rodin's famous sculpture has sat outside the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1917. The bombing was blamed on Vietnam War protestors, but the bombers were never caught.


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