- Associated Press - Saturday, September 13, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A steel abstract sculpture is going up in Fairbanks as the artistic centerpiece of a street reconstruction project.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/rH36Ny) reports the Illinois Street sculpture is being erected this weekend near the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks. The first pieces were raised Thursday.

The sculpture, called Polaris, is set to be dedicated at a ceremony next Wednesday.

The design was selected by a committee with the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System out of 99 entries turned in after an international call for art submissions.

The sculpture cost $325,000 to create and install.

British Columbia artists Cheryl Hamilton and Michael Vandermeer constructed the piece during the past year.

The installation is among the final touches to the street reconstruction project.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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