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First bits of STL Zoo sculpture leave New York

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Officials at the groundbreaking of the Schankman Plaza last month.

By AP/KWMU

Buffalo, NY – The St. Louis Zoo's new entrance art work left New York Wednesday on a number of flat-bed trucks.

Sculptor Albert Paley has created a series of massive figures that will stand at the southeast corner of the zoo, located just north of where Hampton and Highway 40 meet.

After the 800-mile parade to St.Louis, the pieces will be re-assembled into the world's largest public zoo sculpture at 200 tons, 130 feet long, and 36 feet tall.

Wednesday, a Buffalo-area trucking company began hauling the sculpture to its destination. The steel pieces included a two-ton rhinoceros and an elephant and giraffe chained upright on flatbed trucks. More trucks were scheduled to depart today (Thursday), with the rest to follow next week.

Paley is a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His works are on display at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

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