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La Crosse sculpture awaits paint job at new riverfront home

Brad Williams



Lyra was moved to its riverfront location on August 26th

One of La Crosse’s biggest works of public art has been moved to a new home, and it should get a paint job very soon.

The Lyra sculpture was transferred on Aug. 26 from Burns Park on Main Street to the riverfront, next to the municipal boat harbor.

The manager of the harbor, Gary Thurk, said Lyra could be painted within the next 20 days, so the currently brown sculpture can be restored to its original blue.

The metal artwork originally was displayed at Valley View Mall for several years, before being placed in Burns Park in 1991.

The new location along the Mississippi River, downstream from the blue bridges, was chosen so the sculpture could be used as a landmark by boaters.