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New Sculpture Goes Up in South Reno

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If you've stopped by Meadowood Mall to get some of your shopping done, you may have noticed a new addition that's getting a lot of attention at the corner of Virginia St. and McCarran Blvd.

A 46-foot tall sculpture was put there about two weeks ago, and it seems to stand out a little bit more than other roadside art.

"It's startling, when you first see it," Reno resident Stephanie Cobin said. "I think it's brave and I really like it."

"I like it," Gardnerville resident Art Daub said. "What amazes me is how quickly it went up. One day it was not there and the next day it was."

"It's definitely unique," Lovelock resident Lee Houston said. "We needed something there, anyway. Something to look at as we drive by on the freeway."

For the most part, people seem to like the new piece of art.

But then there's the question of what it is.

"It kind of looks like my hair, in the morning," Houston said.

"I guess it might represent freedom and it's red," Reno resident Barbara Johnston said. "So, it's definitely in the holiday spirit."

"It appears to be a bromeliad or a cacti, reaching for the sun," Las Vegas resident Dennis Carter said.

"I think it makes you look," Cobin said. "When I first saw it, I thought aloe plants. We don't have aloe plants, here."

It's actually called the Reno Star and it represents some of the desert plants of the Great Basin.

The sculpture is made out of salvaged steel and was first on display, at Burning Man, before finding its permanent home at Reno's busiest intersection.

"I think it's a nice addition because for years, that's just been a bare piece of land," Daub said.

The hope is that the sculpture will attract more tourism.

But we might get some visitors we didn't count on.

"It looks like a death trap," Stockton, California resident Jose Martinez said. "Or for the aliens. When they come down, they're going to land on it and get stuck."

The Reno Star costs a little less than $100,000 and came from private donations and the room tax.

There will be a dedication for the sculpture, sometime next month.

Written by Paul Nelson
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