As most Superman fans know, the character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two friends living in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1930s. The Siegel and Shuster Society, which includes relatives of both men, have been working towards getting a Superman statue errected near Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the elevated walkway that will connect downtown Cleveland to the lakefront.
Unfortunately, the original location for the statue, which was agreed on in late 2015, is now no longer available reports Cleveland.com…
In a meeting Monday afternoon between city officials, sculptor David Deming and members of the statue committee, it was confirmed that the original site near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer available.
The developer of the property, Richard Pace, has decided against allowing the statue to be placed at the location. Pace is a co-founder and former member of the Siegel and Shuster Society which promotes Superman and his Cleveland creators.
“I had a long history with the society and worked a long time to find a place for the statue,” he said. “We thought it was a perfect site. But, we are working with a group that has a major development for that site and there is no room for the site. We would love to have the statue somewhere in the harbor development. I would be happy to work with the committee to look for another site (in the harbor area). I have no timeline when I will be able to do that. I did not want to hold the statue up so I suggested they look elsewhere.”
The statue, which is estimated will weight around 4,000 pounds, will see a 10-foot-long flying Superman statue atop a column, which will be 36 feet tall from the base of the column to the highest point of Superman’s body.
The monument, which could cost upwards of $3 million, is expected to be privately funded, and was originally scheduled to be completed by 2018 to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman in “Action Comics #1” back in 1938. Unfortunately, that won’t happen.
Deming said the statue project is not dead, but the committee is “back at square one.” In an email, Deming said the committee is looking for a new site for the statue and the design of the statue and surrounding plaza may have to change depending on the location.