Nov 23, 2009 8:56 PM by News First 5

Rearing horse statue trots from back to front

The rearing horse statue is trotting from the back to the front of Centennial Hall.   Construction crews are building a base for the sculpture. "It has a great significance of the appreciation for art in our community," said El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark.

The move is just a small part of a much bigger project.   The county is putting in utility lines from Centennial Hall to the Pikes Peak Center that will run right under the statue.  "So as part of that, obviously, we're going to have to move the sculpture in the back," she said.

The cost to relocate the statue is estimated to be about $11,000.  The county says volunteers from Colorado Springs Utilities will help move the statue and the World Arena plans to help work on the courtyard after the entire project is done.

The total cost of the project is about $6 million.  Much of that is from federal grants. Clark says they expect to save on utility costs once the lines are installed.



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