CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. unveiled two life-size tire sculptures at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
The sculptures — one of a Goodyear Wingfoot player and the other of a Cavalier — were made from 218 hand-cut tires by artist Blake McFarland. The statues weigh 400 pounds, contain 3,120 screws and took 414 hours to complete.
The artwork commemorates the 100th anniversary of Goodyear's roots in basketball. The Akron-based tire company launched the Goodyear Wingfoots recreation team in 1918 to test rubber in the soles of athletic shoes. The Wingfoots later became a founding member of the National Basketball League.
Last year, Goodyear and the Cavaliers inked a deal to add the Akron company's iconic Wingfoot logo to the NBA team's uniforms.