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City Unveils 1st Public Sculpture

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) -- The city of Altoona is unveiling its first public sculpture, an Iowa artist creation that is the first piece to be installed in a new family park.
   Welder and sculptor John Brommel created an 11-foot tall version of the Easter Island head known as Moai out of rusted steel.
   Brommel's interpretation of the monolithic figure adds an ironic, whimsical smirk to the giant face, giving it a surfer-like expression. He calls his creation "Moai Dude."
   The 1,800-pound sculpture will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday. It is to be the first in Altoona's new pirate adventure, family park to be coined "Pirate's Cove."

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