There's a Giant Paddle Ball Sculpture Coming to Gordon Square


  • Gordon Square Arts District Media Release
The view for those dining on Whoppers and Mac & Cheetos inside the Burger King on Detroit and 75th street is about to get a whole lot more ... playful.

As part of a collaborative effort between local artists, Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone and various arts and development groups, two new pieces of public art are slated to join Gordon Square.

Known mostly as the brains behind Superelectric Pinball Parlor, artists Ben Haehn, Nathaniel Murray, and David Spasic are bringing us the “Gordon Square Paddle Ball” at the intersection of Lake Avenue, Detroit Avenue and W. 75th Street. The three are also active members of the Cleveland Film community, prop makers, and long-time artistic tenants of the 78th Street Studios complex.

"The paddle ball sculpture will serve as a symbol to everyone entering through the west side corridor that they have arrived in Gordon Square,” said Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone, a member of the City of Cleveland Public Art Committee, in a press release.

Funding for the sculpture has been provided by the City of Cleveland Public Art Program and managed by LAND Studio as part of the streetscape expansion currently under construction in the neighborhood.

Additionally, artist Dana Depew is  installing The “78th Street Lantern” on Lake Avenue at the intersection of W. 78th Street, to mark the way to 78th Street Studios. The lantern will be similar to the existing series of the lanterns in the 78th Street Studios north parking lot, and will illuminate the way to help visitors locate the complex. The lantern is funded by a grant from the John P. Murphy Foundation to the Gordon Square Arts District.

Looks like the Cleveland script sculptures are about to get some new competitors for best place to take a selfie.

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