Lewis and Clark statue leaves St. Louis riverfront

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 7:18 a.m. CDT; updated 10:53 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 17, 2014

ST. LOUIS — A statue of explorers Lewis and Clark that has been a part of the St. Louis riverfront since 2006 is moving to higher ground.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the statue will be removed by crane from its current location near the Eads Bridge on Thursday morning. It will undergo renovations before being re-installed elsewhere. The new location will be announced later Thursday.

Harry Weber, sculptor of the 9,000-pound statue, said it will take at least six months to dry out the statue, sandblast and grind it, and apply a new patina. A fund set up by donors when the statue was commissioned will pay for the renovations.

The statue is being moved because frequent flooding often puts it under Mississippi River water at its current location.

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