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Archive for Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Ad Astra ready for second try on Thursday

October 9, 2002

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Weather and bolts permitting, the "Ad Astra" statue will be raised again Thursday and placed on top of the Capitol in Topeka.

The 22-foot statue depicting a Kansa Indian with his arrow pointed to the North Star was hoisted 300 feet and put atop the Statehouse dome on Monday as a crowd of more than 1,500 people cheered.

But four hours later, the bronze sculpture was brought back down because the base of the statue's bolts didn't line up properly.

Since then, workers have been drilling out the deficient bolts and re-aligning the holes.

Ben Bauman, a spokesman for Gov. Bill Graves' adminstration, said Wednesday the workers were nearly finished making the adjustments. "Things are going very well," he said.

He said a crane will again lift the statue into place between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Thursday

He said, however, that if it is too windy, the lift-off may be delayed.

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