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Cleveland, Ohio: Cancer Survivors Plaza

One of several similar surreal plaza sculptures scattered in cities across the U.S.

University Circle, Cleveland, OH
I-90 exit 178. Drive south a half-mile on Eddy Rd, then turn right onto St Clair Ave. Drive west a half-mile, then turn left onto E. 105th St. Drive south 1.5 miles, then turn left onto MLK Blvd. The plaza will be on the right, on the south side of the traffic circle.
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Cancer Survivors Plaza.

Cancer Survivors Plaza

Cleveland's Cancer Survivors Plaza is near street parking.

[Stephen Francia, 07/21/2023]

Two views of the Cancer Survivor Plaza sculptures.

Cancer Survivors Plaza

Back in 1999 The Cleveland Free Times voted this the Worst Public Art in Cleveland - or anywhere else. The Cancer Survivors Plaza: a bizarre, phallic, Nazified nightmare. It's so hideous the surrounding survivor sculptures seem to running from it in fear and horror.

These uniquely unattractive cancer plazas have spread like ... a malignant and life-threatening disease all over America. You can find them in Kansas City, Omaha, Houston, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Ranch Mirage, Bakersfield, Columbus, OH, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Santa Rosa, CA and Jacksonville. I'm all for elevation of the human spirit. These are just butt-ugly.

[David Hansen, 10/13/2002]

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