Ever wonder what that large, metal structure is in the lawn at Upper Edgewater Park? It is actually a sculpture by a world renowned New York artist named Charles Ginnever. The sculpture, called Dansa, was part of a 14 piece exhibit, “Sculpture in the Park,” that was on display from July 18 to October 25, 1981. The exhibit was sponsored by the New Organization for the Visual Arts, or NOVA, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The State of Ohio had recently begun managing Edgewater Park and the exhibit was one of the ways they were trying to draw Clevelanders back to the Lakefront. Sound familiar?
Dansa is a large, angular abstract form created by cutting and folding a flat sheet of metal to illustrate the concept of origami. At the close of the exhibit, Ginnever left the sculpture as a gift to the city. Today Dansa remains in its original installation overlooking Lake Erie and welcoming Clevelanders back to the lakefront as it was intended to do years ago.