Gusty winds have forced at least a one-day delay in hoisting a 38-foot-tall bronze sculpture back to its place atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.
Crews were ready on Tuesday to use a crane to lift the 118-year-old Victory sculpture more than 200 feet. The sculpture was taken down nearly five months ago for a $1.5 million restoration project.
Indiana War Memorials Commission director Stewart Goodwin told WTHR-TV that wind gusts have to be less than 20 mph for the crane work to begin.
Goodwin said the gusts are an important safety factor because the 10-ton sculpture will have about 4 inches of clearance inside scaffolding at the monument's top. He says crews will return Wednesday for another try.