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Lyra sculpture could be moved before Labor Day

Brad Williams

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By the end of next month, one big piece of public art in La Crosse could have a new home. 

The city arts board and the director of parks discussed ideas for relocating the metal sculpture, named Lyra, from its current spot in Burns Park to the municipal boat harbor on the Mississippi River.

Parks and rec. director Jay Odegaard said the 16-foot-high artwork could be used to guide travelers coming to La Crosse, “because boaters want to see something that’s kind of a landmark, to know that’s where we’re going.”   

Neighbors of Burns Park also support the idea of moving Lyra, so they can have more room in the park on Main Street for other activities. 

The metal piece also would be repainted from brown to its original blue, under the relocation plan.

Odegaard said the move could be completed in August.

Lyra was originally displayed at Valley View Mall before being placed in Burns Park.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    Michael Kopski

    July 6, 2019 at 9:06 am

    There we go again, the city again wants to move. And or hide another work of art. Out od site, out of mind.
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    Thomas

    July 6, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Leave it where it is and get rid of the ugly blue baby thing…

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    Robert Fisher

    July 9, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    More people will see and enjoy the sculpture in its current location than hidden down by the river where fewer will see it. We want to encourage La Crosse as a “sophisticated”, art and music loving city, Why hide our art…make a “fake” lighthouse to guide the boaters…a marine theme would be more appropriate for the river

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