Alma Mater to be dismantled in one day

Alma Mater to be dismantled in one day

URBANA — Alma Mater will have to remain at her spot at Green and Wright streets for one extra day.

The conservator leading the restoration of the 83-year-old bronze sculpture has decided to wait until Tuesday to dismantle and transport it to his Chicago-area studio.

Andrzej Dajnowski, director of The Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio of Forest Park, had initially planned a two-day process starting Monday. But Dajnowski said he didn't want to leave the sculpture unattended overnight, and adding security would have increased the cost.

Alma Mater, which has four major pieces, will now be dismantled starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

"We can do everything in one day," Dajnowski said Thursday.

The UI landmark is scheduled to return to campus in time for the May 2013 commencement.

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rsp wrote on August 02, 2012 at 6:08 pm

But Dajnowski said he didn't want to leave the sculpture unattended overnight, and adding security would have increased the cost.

Images just raced through my head of someone showing up at a recycling center with the sculpture in pieces..."we just had it in the back yard and decided it was time for a makeover". Or decorating someone's dorm room. The things people try. 

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