- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is restoring a 112-year-old bronze statue of George Washington that sits near Martin Luther King Drive.

The city said Thursday that the sculpture will be removed, laser-cleaned, examined for corrosion and restored. It will then be set on a reconstructed pedestal about 25 feet from its current location near the northwest corner of Washington Park. The project is expected to be finished later this year.

The statue depicts Washington astride a horse with his sword pointed to the sky. It is a replica of a statue unveiled in Paris in 1900. It was created by renowned American sculptors Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter. French is known for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and Potter designed the lions outside the New York Public Library.

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