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L.A. Receives Bronze Wings Sculpture From Mexico City

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April 13, 2016

Jorge Marin's giant sculpture is called Alas de la Ciudad. It features a pair of beautifully detailed bronze wings that appear suspended in the air, at about shoulder-height. (Photo via @MayorofLA on Twitter)

Los Angeles, California - Los Angeles has received a cool gift: a pair of giant, bronze wings that may be installed at City Hall.

When Mayor Eric Garcetti visited Los Angeles' sister city Mexico City in 2014, Mexico gifted L.A. with a sculpture. Garcetti officially accepted the gift at an event last week, according to City News Service.

The piece from artist Jorge Marin is called "Alas de la Ciudad," or "Wings of the City" in English. It features a pair of beautifully detailed bronze wings that appear suspended in the air, at about shoulder-height. Mexican Consul General Carlos Sada said the sculpture is "a symbol of the deep friendship that exists between Mexico and Los Angeles."

The tentative plan is to permanently place the wings at City Hall, at the northwest corner of First and Los Angeles streets. However, Cultural Affairs Department General Manager Danielle Brazell said that location is not a definite yet, though the official location will likely be in the Civic Center area of the city.

The Department still has to approve the sculpture, and the artwork will have to undergo engineering tests to make sure its weight doesn't cause excess ground stress.

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