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La Crosse sculpture awaits paint job at new riverfront home

Brad Williams

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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.

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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