- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The 57 painted donkeys installed around Philadelphia ahead of last week’s Democratic National Convention will be removed ahead of schedule.

Former governor Ed Rendell said Wednesday that the donkeys will be taken off the streets Aug. 23, about 10 days sooner than planned. That’s because the volunteers who maintained the statues have gone following the end of the convention.

State delegations plan to ship home all but five of the donkeys, which will be auctioned off.

The fiberglass donkeys placed at city landmarks represent the 50 states, five territories, Washington, D.C., and overseas Democrats. Twenty-eight artists painted each donkey with up to six icons representing their state or territory such as a flag, bird or flower.

Rendell called the giant art installation “a great success, even beyond our wildest imagination.”

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