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Yellow Brick Road Private Estate Broadview Heights Holiday Gift Auction (Closed #1712971)

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Jim Ptacek Large Guardians of Traffic Canvas

  Lot # 001
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  • Starting Bid: $1,500.00
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  • Condition Very Good
  • Size 71.5" x 48"
  • Location Off Site
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  • Lot # 001
  • System ID # 1713076
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Large Photographic Collage Gallery Wrapped Giclee Canvas Print titled "Guardians of Traffic" by artist Jim Ptacek. Shows all 8 Guardians. Hand Signature at bottom right. The first photograph below shows the artist Jim Ptacek standing next to this piece. 

This has a reserve set at $1500.00 and the winning bidder must meet that price or go above that price in order to win this lot. This particular piece is the only item on this auction that is being stored at a separate facility. The winning bidder will be called the day after the auction ends to set up a mutually agreed upon time to pick up within four days after the auction closes. 

The Lorain-Carnegie Bridge opened in 1932, becoming the second fixed high-level span in Cleveland. Construction began on the bridge in 1930, though plans for the bridge date as far back as 1902. the most memorable features of the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge are the 43-foot tall “Guardians of Transportation” which line its sides. These four huge double-sided pylons, carved out of sandstone from nearby Berea, Ohio, represent technological advances made in transit, with each Guardian holding a different kind of vehicle in its massive hands. Frank Walker designed the pylons and Henry Hering did the actual sculpting with the help of a number of local stonecutters. In the 1970s, Cuyahoga County Engineer Albert Porter wanted to tear down the pylons in order to add lanes to the bridge. He did not get his way. So, when the bridge reopened in 1983 after nearly three years of repairs, the Guardians of Transportation were still in place. The bridge was renamed at this time, becoming the Hope Memorial Bridge, in honor of actor Bob Hope and his family - English immigrants who came to Cleveland in 1908. William Henry Hope, Bob’s father, was a laborer who worked on the construction of the Guardians in the 1930s.