40-foot molecule sculpture going up along I-70

An Interstate 70 ramp in downtown Indianapolis is expected to be shut down for several days so that a 40-foot metal sculpture of a molecule can be built.

The sculpture depicting a ribonucleic acid nucleotide molecule is going up along the interchange closest to Eli Lilly and Co.'s headquarters complex on the southern end of the downtown area.

State highway officials say the ramp from southbound Madison Avenue to eastbound I-70 is scheduled to be closed from Monday until Friday. The Indiana Department of Transportation calls the exit the Meridian Street ramp.

Lilly officials say the sculpture named Life Evolving is part of a company-led project to beautify I-70 between the Indianapolis International Airport and downtown.

In 2010, six miles of the highway was closed for 12 hours to allow more than 8,000 Lilly employees to plant trees, shrubs and flowers.

Lilly Foundation president Rob Smith says organizers wanted a public art piece that draws attention to the life sciences work being done in Indianapolis.

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