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Historical sculpture in Gary crumbling

– A 30-foot-high sculpture depicting Gary’s melting-pot history that was a highlight of the northwest Indiana city’s centennial celebration seven years ago is in need of repairs.

Pieces of black granite have fallen off the wings of a butterfly in “The Fusion” sculpture, which is meant to symbolize the city’s rebirth, the Post-Tribune of Merrillville reported.

The broken pieces sit at the base of the statue that’s been loosely cordoned off just east of the Genesis Center across from City Hall.

Gary spokeswoman Chelsea Whittington says the Chicago artist who created the three-story statue, Omri Amrany, has “expressed his intent” to travel to Gary and repair it at no cost by the end of the summer.

The sculpture was unveiled in July 2006 as the city named after the U.S. Steel chairman who founded the town celebrated its 100th birthday.

The granite wings on the sculpture first began cracking in 2007, just one year after it was unveiled in 2006.

Crews hauled away the three-story statue in 2007 for repairs, and it returned in 2008.

At that time, blame was placed on the Illinois company that installed the sculpture’s granite.