Oh, no! Where’s Devo?

Downtown Akron visitors may have noticed that the life-size art installation of Akron rock legends Devo posing outside the old Chili Dog Mac has disappeared.

The installation was on a closed storefront next to the Akron Civic Theatre on South Main Street in the vicinity of the original photo’s location. It was removed and preserved by Civic officials to make way for the $33 million Bowery Project, which has targeted the Landmark Building and five other structures between the Civic and Bowery Street and Lock 4 for redevelopment.

Howard Parr, executive director of the Civic, said the installation is perfectly safe.

“We have it. We’re just trying to figure out a new, good place to put it back up,” Parr said, noting that the ideally permanent spot would not be too far from the original.

“We’d like to unveil it somewhere right around here. The whole point was that it was on Main Street, right? We’ll find a new place.”

Parr also said Civic officials plan to have the photo back up in time for the inaugural 5K­DEVO run taking place July 30, an “encore event” in conjunction with DEVOtional 2017, the annual Devo convention that will be held July 28-29 at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland.

So far, the 5KDEVO has registered 178 participants from all over Ohio as well as New York, New Jersey, California, Texas, Canada and even some European-grown spuds coming from Edinburgh, Scotland, and South Godstone, Surrey, in Great Britain.

The installation was drawn from an iconic image by Cleveland rock photographer Janet Macoska, and was dedicated in 2015 at an appropriately weird midday ceremony featuring Macoska, Gerald Casale of Devo, city officials and an army of Booji Boys — Devo’s unsettling masked mascot — marching down Main Street to the Civic Theatre.

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