Damage to the statue was originally assessed at $25,000, more than 10 percent of the statue’s estimated $200,000 value in 1970. Rodin’s original The Thinker was part of his larger work, The Gates of Hell, which was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. At approximately 1:00 am on March 24, 1970, a bomb irreparably damaged the Cleveland Museum's version of Rodin’s The Thinker. In the months and years to come, speculation surfaced that it was likely carried out by a faction of the radical group The Weather Underground. We’d love your help. But early in the hours of March 24th, 1970, dynamite blew it off its pedestal. In the early hours of March 24, 1970, one of Cleveland’s most visited landmarks, an enlarged cast of Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture The Thinker, was changed forever. Of course, we could survive without art. According to the museum, there are fewer than 10 in this select group. Download Bombing the Thinker PDF book author, online PDF book editor Bombing the Thinker. According to the Cleveland Police Department, this act of vandalism was committed by a cell of the politically radical Weather Underground that was operating in Cleveland at the time. However, the explosion nearly 50 years ago — during a time of turmoil — makes this Rodin truly one of a kind. It is a book that archives time as seen through a fixed art form, as well as a man. Bombing the Thinker by Darren C. Demaree, Backlash Press, 2018, $8.99 paperback Reviewed by Scott Neuffer A famous statue sits thinking with its legs blown off. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. After the bombing, 1,200 people visited the site of the bombing to express their support or voice dismay at the brutal attack on the Cleveland cultural staple. “I’m not much for speculation. Clear, precise, and elegant, Demaree’s newest collection is a profound investigation of our relation to art amid turmoil. At approximately 1:00 am on March 24, 1970, a bomb irreparably damaged the Cleveland Museum's version of Rodin’s The Thinker. Welcome back. At approximately 12:44am on March 24, 1970 University Circle Police responded to a loud explosion emanating from the vicinity of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Thinker Demaree is speaking from is one of the 27 Rodin supervised casts that sits outside of the Museum of Modern Art in Cleveland, Ohio. Finally, however, it was decided that the statue should not be repaired, but placed outside the Museum in its damaged condition. WKSU’s State of the Arts: The Thinker Bombing - YouTube. This act of vandalism was representative of the tumultuous atmosphere in the United States in 1970. Tender, overwhelmed, and necessary, Darren C. Demaree’s Bombing The Thinker is act, rumination, emission, and place. The need for voices that confront intolerance is more important than ever. The world has envy “for my metal’s / willingness / to be blown / & remain blown / & above / the water’s cool, / lapping burial.”, The poet, on the other hand, is real, if incomplete. In addition to considerable damage to the legs of the sculpture, shrapnel from the explosion scarred the marble columns and front door of the museum. Investigators examine the damage to the upended Thinker. Where is his dignity when “the light / itself is black dots”? If too often the witness we bear is custom made for that which our projected histories advertise as clearing space, and if creation continues to provide an alibi for assault while claiming to have no past, I’d offer that the gift of attention in this book may return both rib and feather to those dreaming of their proximity to liftoff while listing what they’d do for a glimpse of gaze. The AftermathToday, The Thinker still sits on its shredded metal base.