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Statue of Liberty replica returns after makeover

Roughly 8-foot-tall Statue of Liberty replica returns to Mackinac Island after makeover
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 3, 2014 at 6:16 a.m.

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A roughly 8-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty has returned to Mackinac Island following a major makeover.

Paul Wandrie, commander of Mackinac Island’s American Legion Post 299, tells The Detroit News ( ) that the statue “looks great.” The post started a campaign to refurbish the statue in 2012 to raise more than $60,000 for the project.

A rededication ceremony was planned for Thursday evening.

The Boy Scouts of America gave the roughly 300-pound replica to Mackinac Island in the 1950s, but the statue was showing the effects of age. The statue was missing points of its crown, the copper skin was dented and corroded, and it had other wear.

Art conservator Giorgio Gikas and his Detroit-based Venus Bronze Works Inc. worked for about five months to restore the statue.

Information from: The Detroit News,

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