Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Soldiers and Sailors

The Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is located on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. It's 113 years old and commemorates the men of Cuyahoga County who served in the Civil War--over 9,000 of them. This photo captures the Gothic aspect of Cleveland.

The structure was plenty controversial in its day as it showed honest depictions of the war instead of proud posed figures. They fascinate me endlessly.

There will be tours of the facility and the tunnel space beneath it this Saturday. I wrote a blurb about it here.

This was taken inside the monument. All the stained glass is Tiffany.

Note the wounded horse in this photo.

The names inside the monument somehow pluck the war from history and make it real and human.

Each of the four exterior bronze installations is a true work of art. Revisit this treasure again if you're a local and don't miss it if you're ever a visitor.


Satan said...

there better be some more pictures of faeries in kilts in your future

there i said it

Velvet Fog said...

There's a new monument at Shiloh National Military Park that is very similar in style to these.
Here's a link to a photo of it.

Nice and long. Anyhoo, you might think its cool. It is very life like and strange to stand infront of.

Cool photos. Chicks and history, mmmmm.

Hal said...

You should be a Cleveland tour guide, O'Brien.

Great photos!

Velvet Fog said...

Confidential to Erin:
You should check out these broads over at: They are absolutely nuts. I think they might be your 'ilk'. If not, it would be a good way to waste 10 minutes looking at their blog. I'm having some issues with all that wine and all those boobs. I'm not really sure whether to shit, or go blind.

Maybe you could work in some wine bottles and cleavage on your next half nekkid O'brien photos. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

EBEZP said...

Oh Erin I love photo essays too!!
This one is particularly good!

Amy said...

Hey girl, thanks for urging me to revisit the monument and look more closely...