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'Modern Totem' installed in library plaza

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There were a few tense moments as Columbus' newest public art installation was installed Monday.

Taylor Brothers Construction used a crane to lower Martin Beach's "Modern Totem" into its base in the courtyard between the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library and the Columbus Area Visitor's Center, maneuvering the 8,000-pound sculpture into place and then adjusting it to the artist's preference.

At 8:30 a.m., the bottom half of the sculpture was hooked to a crane and gently, cautiously lowered into place. The lower piece sits on a pedestal with a metal securing spindle that sits in a sunken concrete base.

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