Redesigning an icon is never an easy task. Replacing one is almost impossible. Amid comments on social justice and equality the Cleveland Indians were at a crossroads with their long-term team name.
Luckily, Cleveland is already home to a set of icons, the monolithic Art Deco statues known as the Guardians Of Traffic. The monumental structures stand tall over Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in downtown Cleveland, within clear view of Progressive Field. The bridge’s guardians are icons for the city, imagined nearly a century ago when Cleveland was the fifth-largest city in the nation. The Guardians symbolize the spirit of progress in transportation and urban living.
By becoming the face of Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team, they stand to represent the change that mirrors their larger-than-life stature. The Guardians is a team name that all Clevelanders can proudly embrace in the spirit of change.