Lightning-damaged Kansas City sculpture returns to perch

9 months 1 week 14 hours ago September 19, 2016 Sep 19, 2016 Monday, September 19 2016 Monday, September 19, 2016 6:40:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A lightning-damaged sculpture is again a fixture of the Kansas City skyline after undergoing repairs.

The Kansas City Star reports that a helicopter returned the 12-ton metal sculpture to its lofty perch Sunday. It's one of four that sits atop the 300-foot tall pylons that suspend the Bartle Hall Convention Center above Interstate 670.

Designed by New York artist R.M. Fischer, their official name is the Sky Station sculptures, although locals call them the "hair curlers."

Kansas City engineering firm A. Zahner Co. carried out the repairs at a cost of more than $1 million. The city's property insurance covered it.

Workers first noticed the damage last fall while setting up blue lights on the sculptures to celebrate the Kansas City Royals' winning season.

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