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A 10,000-Pound Statue Of D.C. Native Duke Ellington Has Found Its Way Home

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - A new sculpture is being erected adjacent the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. and has been a day-long process.

The 20-foot statue of Duke Ellington was created by internationally renowned  sculptor and D.C. native, Zachary Oxman, but is still not ready to alone in its final resting place in Ellington Plaza at Florida Avenue and T Street, NW.

The Ellington statue was lugged on a flatbed trailer towed from Manassas, Virginia starting at 5:00 a.m. Thursday, and traveled up Route 66 to arrive in D.C. roughly 2 hours later.

At that point, it took the utilities of a crane to lift the 10,000-pound statue off the trailer it was transported in, and onto a platform, a process that took about an hour.

The all day process was continued by the man who constructed the piece of fine metallic art, Oxman himself has been completing the installation of the statue since approximately 10:00 a.m. and is not expected to complete the detailed process until around 6:00 p.m.

As for the design of the statue?  Duke sits upon a monumental treble clef inspired by his own handwritten musical scores, while playing a piano whose keys swirl upward creating a vortex of melodic energy.

To see for yourself check out the full photo gallery here.

You may also watch the video of Oxman designing the massive statue below:

 

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