Cleveland's Most Inspired Petition Wants to Transform Water Tower into Lego Man

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Cleveland's Most Inspired Petition Wants to Transform Water Tower into Lego Man
Terry Metter,
"Turn the Water Tower into a Giant LEGO Minifig," beckons the local petition on, created by Cleveland Public Library employee Terry Metter.

"For many years, the water tower has been emblazoned with '[City of] Cleveland est. 1796.'" Metter writes. "While this historic message is appropriate and important, our collective vision for that site should be for something more inspiring. A singular image comes to mind when I see the water tower and that image is the head of a LEGO Minifig."

Metter admitted to Scene that his proposal was only "half-serious," but said that he commutes on the Shoreway daily (Note: Metter commutes by bike), and has noted that people rarely drive at the posted 35-mph speed limit. The speed limit was reduced from 50 mph when construction on the Lakefront West Project began. Even though the speed reduction was estimated to add only about a minute of travel time, Metter said that motorists are frustrated by it.     

Besides, he said, the water tower's been looking pretty run down lately and could use a fresh coat of paint.

"I legitimately think public art has a function of inserting joy into our civic routine," Metter wrote Scene. "What's more joyful than LEGO?"


About The Author

Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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