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Giant frame removed from Garden of the Gods after backlash

December 19, 2017

The controversial 12-foot blue box frames a worker from the Colorado Springs Park and Recreation department as he removes the bolts that held the frame in place at Garden of the Gods Park Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The blue frame was installed Thursday as a marketing idea by the Olympic City USA task force and the locals quickly rejected it. As of Monday morning, more than 20,000 people had signed a petition started Friday. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A 12-foot (4-meter) high steel frame installed at one of Colorado’s most popular natural attractions is gone after backlash from locals.

The bright blue frame that said #OlympicCityUSA was installed last week at Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, the site of dramatic rock formations near Pikes Peak. The city had hoped many of the two million people who visit the park each year would take photos with it and share them on social media to promote the city’s connections to the Olympics and promote tourism.

But after thousands of people signed an online petition against it, the city took it down Monday. It hopes to relocate it a place that both residents and visitors will appreciate.

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