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Lady Liberty statue sits as officials weigh repair options

August 6, 2011

The replica Statue of Liberty that was toppled from its base in front of the Municipal Auditorium sits in a Big Spring warehouse awaiting repairs. (HERALD photo/Amanda Moreno)

An important piece of Big Spring history is sitting in a warehouse while it waits for repair. The question city officials are asking is when the repairs will come.

The Statue of Liberty replica that once stood in front of the Municipal Auditorium was damaged by a wind storm this past spring and was removed from its post until repairs could be made.

“We have two prospective leads who might be able to repair the statue, but they still need to come out and take a look before they tell us if they can make the repairs or if they are willing to make the repairs,” Todd Darden, assistant city manager, said.

The statue was placed in storage because of damage caused to its mounting. The problem the city has encountered is finding someone who will work with a poured copper statue.

“Most people don't work in copper anymore. They have gone to bronze and other materials,” Darden said.

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