A controversial sculpture that was part of the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial has been removed from public display after its contract expired and the artist didn’t want it back.

Decathexis, which was designed to mimic a tree’s design, was originally placed on the grounds of Columbus City Hall on July 1, 2014, part of a group of sculptures selected for the biennial exhibition, some of which are still in place.

In 2015, former Mayor Kristen Brown asked that art piece be moved at city expense to a more natural setting near the city’s parks, allowing uninterrupted placement of about 3,000 flags on the City Hall property commemorating people who died on 9/11.

Decathexis was reflective of the immense loss of 9/11 and how America symbolically changed after the terrorist attacks, exhibit curator David Kadlec said earlier.

The sculpture was moved to 11th and Jackson streets, where it stayed until this month, when Kathryn Armstrong, Columbus Area Arts Council executive director and the city parks department decided to discard the piece, Armstrong said Friday.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.