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.