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10-ton sculpture moved, carefully, across Los Angeles plaza

July 21, 2018
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Workers remove tooling from a steel frame cage used to hoist the Music Center Plaza's Jacques Lipchitz 10-ton bronze sculpture, "Peace on Earth," to its new home on the west side of Music Center Plaza downtown Los Angeles Saturday, July 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-ton bronze sculpture that stood for a half-century in Los Angeles has been moved — carefully — about 100 feet (30 meters) across a downtown square as part of a $40 million renovation.

A giant crane on Saturday hoisted the Jacques Lipchitz work, “Peace on Earth,” to its new home on the west side of Music Center Plaza. The move took about 15 minutes.

The work was commissioned in 1966 at the founding of the Music Center, home to performance halls including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which for years hosted the Academy Awards ceremony.

The sculpture portrays a dove descending to Earth with the spirit of peace, symbolized by the Madonna standing inside a canopy.

The plaza renovation will incorporate five new buildings including a welcome center and restaurant.

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