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A sculpture in front of The Commons will stay for now while Columbus officials and the Columbus Area Arts Council continue to discuss whether it needs to be moved.

Columbus Board of Works members on Tuesday again continued a final decision on the placement of the 1-ton “Flamenco” at Fourth and Washington streets.

They had asked for more information about the sculpture’s location at a meeting two weeks ago, citing concerns that it might be distracting drivers at the busy intersection.

The painted steel sculpture by Chicago artist Ruth Aizuss Migdal — one of eight selected for the arts council’s 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial project — was installed last month.

City officials are deciding whether the arts council may keep the sculpture in the public right-of-way if “Flamenco” causes line-of-sight problems for drivers.

City Engineer Beth Fizel looked over the sculpture and location before “Flamenco” was installed and said the location doesn’t impede sight lines of drivers or pedestrians.

And David Kadlec, the curator for the Biennial Sculpture project, said the arts council would prefer to keep the sculpture in its current location.

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