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Portland Statue Restored, Protected

A 125-year-old piece of public art in Portland, ME, has gotten a restoration and a new layer of protective coating, to the tune of $10,000.

Lumberjack Legend Losing Lustre

Portland’s 31-foot-tall statue of folk hero Paul Bunyan has been restored and repainted several times over the past 56 years. The accumulated repairs, however, are coming undone.

Design Contest Launches WWI Memorial

WASHINGTON--Those who inspired it will never see it, but a memorial to the American soldiers of World War I is finally underway.

Inspection Rule #1: Don't Look Down

ST. LOUIS--It is a rare breed that can work at great heights. And few of those stalwarts have the opportunity to share their dizzying view of daily life with us mortals who are outside that ...

Report: Monument Sound under Stains

ST. LOUIS—Discolorations and blemishes on the stainless-steel exterior of the U.S.'s tallest monument reflect no "significant corrosion or distress"—but a little careful cleaning of the 50-y...

Old Landmark Shrinks to New Standard

Its millions of visitors couldn't tell by looking at it, but the Washington Monument is officially about 10 inches shorter than it was a week ago.

Ike Memorial Clears Planning Panels

Despite scathing criticism, a controversial design for a national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower will go forward with approval from two key agencies.

Ike Memorial Plan Slims Down

The celebrity architect behind the controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has scaled down his much-criticized design, removing several massive ornamental structures and opening up the v...

Ike Memorial Panned as ‘5-Star Folly’

After 15 years, $65 million in appropriations, and not a shovel of dirt turned, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission can add a congressional oversight panel to its growing list of cr...

Graffiti Strikes a Russian Nerve

Russian officials are pleading with Bulgarians: Lay down your paint brushes, and please stop desecrating the Monument of the Soviet Army.

Spain Denies Lion New Loins

Worried about corrosion, Spanish officials have sacked a petition to add testicles to a bronze lion statue in front of the country's Parliament building in Madrid.

Gold Coating Proves a 24kt Failure

A mysterious coating failure is causing 1,200 square feet of gold—a new, half-million-dollar paint job—to crack and peel on a massive historical monument in New York City’s Central Park.

$15M Repair Reopens Washington Monument

The 130-year-old Washington Monument has reopened to the public nearly three years after sustaining cracks and chips in an earthquake that rattled the eastern United States.

67 Global Heritage Sites in Danger

Corrosion, development pressures, lean budgets and civil strife are endangering the future of 67 cultural-heritage sites worldwide, according to a new "watch list" issued by the World Monume...


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