Big Bill to Repair Damaged Indiana Sculpture

June 19, 2013

Fort Wayne Museum of Art officials say it could cost more than $200,000 to repair a large steel sculpture that was knocked over by a truck that barreled across its lawn.

The driver who hit the 8- to 10-ton sculpture early Sunday faces a drunken driving charge, and museum executive director Charles Shepard says repairs might take a year to complete.

The sculpture made of stainless and painted steel was created in 1985 to commemorate Fort Wayne’s industrial heritage.

Shepard tells The Journal Gazette that the museum’s technical staff found the damage was too extensive to simply flip it back into place and straighten the beams.

Shepard says museum’s insurance company will talk with the driver’s insurance carrier about how the repair costs will be covered.

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