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Jeff Koons to Erect Sculpture in Germany

April 30, 2003

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ Artist Jeff Koons plans to erect a 360-foot tall sculpture in Hamburg _ two cranes with outsize inner tubes dangling down _ that he hopes will rival the effect of the Eiffel Tower.

Koons was commissioned this year to redesign the Spielbudenplatz square, located near the Reeperbahn boulevard that runs through the port city’s red-light district. The square houses several variety theaters and a wax museum.

``I felt immediately connected to the area,″ Koons told reporters Tuesday. ``I tried to do a design which is open to the future.″

Construction is slated to begin later this year, said Mario Mettbach, the Hamburg official in charge of building projects. He put the total cost at $5.5 million, part of which is to be covered by private sponsors.

``I hope it has an impact similar to the Eiffel Tower,″ Koons said.

The 1,069-foot tower in Paris was built for the 1889 World’s Fair, but Hamburg has few high-rise structures.

The city government selected Koons to redesign the square after the death last year of French pop artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who originally was to oversee its revival.

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