A new First Presbyterian Church copper Celtic cross and weather vane matching an old one damaged by high winds in the spring has been installed.

A work crew from ABC Construction of Columbus used a crane Wednesday to place the handmade, 6-foot piece onto the structure’s 144-foot-high steeple.

The tower, given a new copper surface in 2007, is part of the original structure built in 1874 at the corner of Seventh and Franklin streets to house a 2-ton bell.

A sculptor from Nashville, Tennessee, made the new cross, said Paul Arnold, ABC Construction owner.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.