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The Columbus Citizens Foundation, a 600-member organization that sponsors the annual Columbus Day Parade, has said the artwork will mark the only time people will be able come right up to the majestic statue. The 50,000-member National Italian American Foundation in Washington, D.C., said the installation also will provoke discussion about Christopher Columbus’ role in history.

The city provided $1 million for the conservation of the monument _ a restoration project that will make use of the scaffolding around the privately-funded installation. The free installation runs through Nov. 18.

Visitors can reserve advance passes to “Discovering Columbus” through the Public Art Fund’s website at www.publicartfund.org.

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Associated Press writer Samantha Gross contributed to this story.