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Cleveland’s planned Superman monument takes a leap forward

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Cleveland’s planned Superman monument takes a leap forward

The design of a Superman monument planned for Cleveland’s lakefront leaped one more hurdle in a single bound Thursday as the project moved closer to reality.

The Plain Dealer reports the initial proposal was unanimously approved by the city’s Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee, and it will move on today for review by the Planning Commission.

Created by artist David Deming, the monument would honor Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who dreamed up the Man of Steel in the 1930s while living in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood. The project calls for a burnished-steel sculpture of Superman mounted atop a pylon. The 36-foot-tall monument would be erected within a plaza at the end of lakefront pedestrian bridge expected to be completed in 2017.

The 2,300-square-foot plaza, which will be decorated with abstract forms intended to evoke Krypton, is also expected to include sculptures of Shuster, Siegel and wife Joane Siegel, the model for Lois Lane.

The monument is anticipated to cost more than $3 million, which will be raised through private donations. The project is targeted for completion in 2017.

Superman’s creation is currently commemorated in Cleveland with a historical marker in the Glenville neighborhood where Siegel and Shuster lived, a sign outside of the Siegel house on Kimberly Avenue, a tribute fence surrounding the former home of Shuster, and a permanent exhibit at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Ohio also offers a Superman license plate.

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