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10-ton sculpture is moved across Music Center Plaza in downtown L.A.

10-ton sculpture is moved across Music Center Plaza in downtown L.A.
The Jacques Lipchitz's "Peace on Earth," a 10-ton bronze sculpture, is hoisted by a crane to its new home on the west side of downtown's Music Center Plaza. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

A 10-ton bronze sculpture that stood for a half-century in Los Angeles has been moved — carefully — about 100 feet across a downtown square as part of a $40-million renovation.

A giant crane on Saturday hoisted the Jacques Lipchitz work “Peace on Earth” to its new home on the west side of Music Center Plaza. The move took about 15 minutes.

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The work was commissioned in 1966 at the founding of the Music Center, home to performance halls including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The sculpture portrays a dove descending to Earth with the spirit of peace, symbolized by the Madonna standing inside a canopy.

The plaza renovation will incorporate five new buildings including a welcome center and restaurant.

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