CLEVELAND -- Hundreds of outdoor sculptures of all shapes, sizes, and subjects are waiting to be discovered across Ohio.
Some are in high-profile places featuring well-known subjects like the President William McKinley statue outside the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus and the one of baseball's Bob Feller next to Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Others are obscure and hidden in parks and neighborhoods.
A nonprofit organization in Cleveland that promotes the work of regional sculptors is hoping to bring more attention to the state's public sculptures and help preserve them.
Cleveland's Sculpture Center has revised a database that has photos and details about hundreds of works around Ohio. The site -- http://www.oosi.sculpturecenter.org -- also allows people to update the conditions of sculptures and add missing ones.
Many public outdoor sculptures belong to governments that often don't spend money to maintain them, said Ann Craddock Albano, the center's director.
"Caring for your public sculpture should be equivalent to cleaning the streets," she told The Plain Dealer. "It raises the tone of the neighborhood."
Sculpture on public spaces often is a counterpoint to geometrically regular architecture, she said. "It often adds color. It becomes a visual focal point. It can be a place finder," she said.
Benches created by Nancy Dwyer spell out "Meet Me Here" near Cleveland's downtown ballpark and arena.
Sculptures change with wind, ice, bird droppings, and vandals. Outside the Cleveland Museum of Art, Rodin's "Thinker" lost a chunk in 1970 to a pipe bomber.
Animals are popular subjects.
The Toledo Zoo has sculptures of a gorilla, elephant, bison, turtles and pandas that are popular photo spots. A family of four life-size woolly mammoths stands outside the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History.