Lightning causes sculpture to be removed from Kansas City's Bartle Hall

2 years 2 months 1 week ago Sunday, May 08 2016 May 8, 2016 Sunday, May 08, 2016 2:55:00 PM CDT May 08, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Crews have temporarily removed a 24,000-pound aluminum sculpture from on top of Kansas City's Bartle Hall after the sculpture was struck by lightning.

The artwork, which has been on the building along with three other pieces for more than two decades, was removed by crews in a helicopter Sunday. The Sky Station works were installed in 1994 as part of city's public art program.

The piece removed Sunday will also undergo repairs for water damage.

The Kansas City Star reports dozens of spectators gathered nearby to watch the procedure, which involved closing area streets and highway ramps. Nearly all of the $1.3 million cost for repairs is covered by insurance.

Reinstallation is expected in September.

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