OOS Sculpture

The Guardians of Traffic

1932 / Henry Hering / Cleveland

Guardian of Traffic - Hope Memorial Bridge, Cleveland

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Flanking either end of the Hope Memorial Bridge from both sides, are 4 towering pylons. Each pylon bears a massive statue on each side representing a "Guardian of Traffic." These winged Art Deco figures wear either winged helmets or winged laurel crowns. Each figure holds a different ground vehicle: a hay wagon, covered wagon, stage coach, passenger car, dump truck, concrete mixer, and two other trucks. The progression of vehicles from hay wagon to semi truck symbolizes the evolution of transport, and the breadth of their protection. They have stood on either side of the bridge protecting all who pass between them since the early 30's. Henry Hering carved each piece out of a 43 foot tall sandstone slab based on designs by Frank Walker. The Guardians were Hering's first foray into the Art Deco style and they remain the only public Art Deco monument in the city.

Location: Lorain-Carnegie junction

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Henry Hering, “The Guardians of Traffic,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed September 26, 2021, https://www.sculpturecenter.org/oosi/items/show/109.

Title

The Guardians of Traffic

Description

Photo Credit: Anomalous_A. All Rights Reserved.

Flanking either end of the Hope Memorial Bridge from both sides, are 4 towering pylons. Each pylon bears a massive statue on each side representing a "Guardian of Traffic." These winged Art Deco figures wear either winged helmets or winged laurel crowns. Each figure holds a different ground vehicle: a hay wagon, covered wagon, stage coach, passenger car, dump truck, concrete mixer, and two other trucks. The progression of vehicles from hay wagon to semi truck symbolizes the evolution of transport, and the breadth of their protection. They have stood on either side of the bridge protecting all who pass between them since the early 30's. Henry Hering carved each piece out of a 43 foot tall sandstone slab based on designs by Frank Walker. The Guardians were Hering's first foray into the Art Deco style and they remain the only public Art Deco monument in the city.

Creator

Date

1932

Location City

Location County

Location Street

Lorain-Carnegie junction

Media Sculpture Height

43 ft

Media Sculpture Width

14 ft

Media Sculpture Depth

26 ft

Creation Date

01/01/1932