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Ray V
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Stow, OH
Post #: 807
As requested here is some history about Rodin's "The Thinker" at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Thinker

Artist Auguste Rodin
Year 1902
Type Bronze and Marble
Location Musée Rodin, Paris
The Thinker is a bronze and marble sculpture by Auguste Rodin, whose first cast, of 1902, is now in the Musée Rodin in Paris; there are some twenty other original castings as well as various other versions, studies, and posthumous castings. It depicts a man in sober meditation battling with a powerful internal struggle.[1] It is often used to represent philosophy

Wade Park

Main article: Wade Park (Cleveland park)
The park also provides an outdoor gallery, with part of the museum's holdings being showcased in the Wade Park Fine Arts Garden. The bulk of this collection are located between the original 1916 main entrance to the building and the lagoon. Highlights of this sizable collection of public sculpture include the large cast of Rodin's The Thinker, which sits atop of the museums main staircase. The statue has a unique but troubled history. Partially destroyed in a 1970 bombing (allegedly by The Weathermen),[14] the statue has been left in its unrestored condition. The reasoning for not repairing it stems from the close involvement of Rodin in its original casting. Today, the damage—which is notated on the plaque mounted at the base of the statue's pedestal—has come to define the casting as unique among the more than twenty original large castings.

Sam S.
Cleveland, OH
Post #: 18
Very cool stuff, Thanks Ray
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