| Summit Street at the Vistula Garage | As we board the bus in front of One SeaGate to get ready to head out for the rest of our tour, take a minute to look across Summit Street and notice this beautiful two-story abstract, a downtown Toledo landmark since 1983. Designed by Pierre Clerk, most folks drive by this brightly painted sculpture and don't notice that it rests on uneven bases, one on the Vistula Garage’s tunnel level and the other up above on the sidewalk outside the garage. City Candy was fabricated by Malleable Metals Incorporated of Bethany Connecticut, and is made of welded 3/8” aluminum plate and measures 42 feet by 48 feet by 24 feet.
As we make our way throughout Toledo today, please take note of our community's wonderful public outdoor art. In 1977, Toledo became the first U.S. city to devote one percent of its capital improvement budget to public art, and the results, overseen by our Arts Commission's Art in Public Places Program, have been so successful that many cities across the country have started similar programs.